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ESPN to air first Cade Cunningham vs. Jalen Green matchup on November 10

The top two picks of the 2021 NBA Draft, Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green, are set to face off on November 10 for the first Pistons-Rockets showdown of the year.

Detroit Pistons v Houston Rockets
Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons and Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets wait for the start of their game during the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Rockets defeated the Pistons 111-91.
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The Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets are scheduled to first meet on Wednesday, November 10 in Houston, Texas at 7:30 p.m. The game will get national coverage, airing on ESPN and NBA League Pass.

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.