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Cade Cunningham goes to the Pistons, leading stellar top five in NBA draft

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver greets Cade Cunningham, who was selected No. 1 by the Detroit Pistons in Thursday's NBA draft. (Corey Sipkin/AP Photo)

An NBA draft hailed as one of the deepest in recent years, particularly among the initial wave of picks, began with the Detroit Pistons selecting Cade Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 point guard out of Oklahoma State, No. 1 overall Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Cunningham long had been anticipated to be the first player chosen, leading a class whose most promising prospects — including Jalen Green, Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs — has been called by scouts and analysts more skilled than anyone picked in 2020, and drawing comparisons to some of the most talent-rich drafts in league history.

“It’s the best since 2003,” said Jay Bilas, lead college basketball analyst for ESPN, “because we’ve got I think four players at the top of the draft that in another given year — not every year — but in another given year would be the No. 1 overall selection or at least we’d argue about it.”

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Here's what to know:

1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham
2. Houston Rockets: Jalen Green
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley
4. Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes
5. Orlando Magic: Jalen Suggs
6. Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Giddey
7. Golden State Warriors: Jonathan Kaminga
8. Orlando Magic: Franz Wagner
9. Sacramento Kings: Davion Mitchell
10. New Orleans Pelicans: Ziaire Williams
11. Charlotte Hornets: James Bouknight
12. San Antonio Spurs: Joshua Primo
13. Indiana Pacers: Chris Duarte
14. Golden State Warriors: Moses Moody

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