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Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham has made a very strong case to win the 2022 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, as the 20-year-old ranks top five for rookies in PPG, RPG, and APG.

Cunningham shortly touched on feeling deserving of winning the award following his impressive outing last night (28 PTS/10 AST/6 REB) in an OT victory vs. the Atlanta Hawks.

(Via Brad Galli- WXYZ TV Detroit):

“I really like how the Pistons are playing right now. I think we’re playing really hard, playing for each other, and I think that’s what led to us winning some games. I really appreciate my team and my teammates trusting me with the ball, allowing me to get things going. I feel like they’re kind of looking at that race too a little bit, and they want to put me in the right positions. But at this point, we’re really rolling. I’m not really too worried about that race, as much as getting the building blocks and getting the foundation right next year for the Pistons. I’m going to keep working. I think I deserve the award, but at the end of the day, it’s a trophy. I think building something good with my team would mean a lot more.”