Monday, December 6 2021

Dwane Casey throughout his time as a coach in the NBA often stresses the importance of players new to his program spending the offseason working every day to improve and be prepared for the next season.

No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham seemingly got that message loud and clear.

Casey revealed that Cunningham packed on about 12 pounds of muscle since joining the Pistons, jumping up from 206 to 218 pounds. He was one of the younger players singled out by Casey on Tuesday.

Our guys have worked the entire summer, back and forth here or wherever their hometown is. We send coaches to be there with them in their hometown so it has been a really good summer. The young guys coming on board, Luka (Garza) is staying in great shape, kept his weight down. Cade has gone from 206 to 218 with his weight so they have committed to the weight room and to working. If you’re going to be a Detroit Piston, it’s going to be about work.

Cunningham has spent much of the offseason training and getting to know his new teammates, and he appears to be adjusting well. The work put in by the 20-year-old looks to be paying off in just two months with the organization.

The Pistons will be preaching patience with Cunningham this season. They know there will be ups and downs but are stressing the importance of developing the right way. Certainly, the early gains in the weight room show he is off to a good start in the Motor City.

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