Cade Cunningham wanted to make a good first impression. He accessorized his black-and-navy draft night suit with a pair of Cartier C Décor glasses, which are known to Detroiters as Buffs.
The Detroit Pistons tried not to tip their hand on their intentions with the No. 1 pick leading up to Thursday's draft. But Cunningham, long considered the best prospect in the draft, made it known that he wanted to end up in Detroit. In the end, he and the Pistons were on the same page.
Cunningham was selected first overall by the Pistons, instantly becoming the face of a franchise in need of a young superstar. He has a chance to become that. He solidified his case as a potential All-NBA talent after a standout season at Oklahoma State, which showcased his all-around game as a 6-foot-8 point guard.
The new face of the franchise made sure he had a face the city could relate to. Throughout the night, he periodically pulled the Buffs out of his jacket to complete his overall fit. It's only been a month since the Pistons won the lottery, but his love for the city of Detroit predates that, he said.