Cade Cunningham MVP Of Rising Stars

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Pistons rookie guard Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2021 draft, was named MVP of the Rising Stars event on Friday night, writes Rod Beard of The Detroit News.

The event had a unique format this year, with two semifinals featuring an “Elam Ending” with a target score of 50. Both contests were competitive, with Team Isiah defeating Team Worthy by a score of 50-49, followed by Team Barry’s 50-48 victory over Team Payton. The final was played to 25 in honor of the NBA’s 75th anniversary (50+25), with Team Barry emerging victorious over Team Isiah, 25-20.

Cunningham led Team Barry to consecutive victories, totaling 18 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks in the process. He was 7-for-13 from the floor across the two games, including 3-for-6 from deep.

It means a lot. This is a game I was looking forward to, to being around so much big-time talent, and just have fun but try to compete and go get a win,” Cunningham said, per Beard. “To bring the trophy home in my first All-Star Weekend really means a lot.”

No. 3 overall pick Evan Mobley of the Cavaliers also had a couple nice games for Team Barry, totaling 18 points, 11 rebounds and two assists while shooting 8-16 from the field.

Pistons sophomores Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart both had strong performances for Team Isiah, Beard notes.

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