It’s not surprising considering it features an intriguing contest between No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham and No. 2 pick Jalen Green from the 2021 NBA draft. Cunningham has embraced the nickname “Motor Cade” and the chance to carry the Pistons out of mediocrity, while Green recently stated he did not want to play in Detroit and is happy with Houston. These comments will surely be revisited ahead of the game.
Cunningham averaged 18.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in Summer League action, while Green put up 20.3 points per game with a 51.4/52.5/92.9 shooting split. The former was a one-and-done college player while the latter went to the G-League. How these two players develop will offer insight into future paths aspiring NBA players and teams picking at the top of the lottery take.