Cade Cunningham, Holmgren, Green, eight others named to USA Select Team

On Monday, USA Basketball announced the 11 members of the USA Select Team.

The USA Select Team features a roster of 11 current NBA players and three veteran players with NBA, NBA G League, and international and USA Basketball experience. The Select Team will train August 3-6 with the USA Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 The 2023 USA Basketball Select Team consists of the following players:

Cade Cunningham (Pistons)

Jalen Duren (Pistons)

Langston Galloway

Jalen Green (Rockets)

Quentin Grimes (Knicks)

Chet Holmgren (Thunder)

John Jenkins (G League Ignite)

Eric Mika (G League Ignite)

Keegan Murray (Kings)

Payton Pritchard (Celtics)

Naz Reid (Timberwolves)

Jaylen Williams (Thunder)

Herb Jones (Pelicans)

Trey Murphy III (Pelicans)

Coaching staff:

Orlando Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley will serve as head coach of the 2023 USA Select Team. Indiana Pacers assistant coach Jim Boylen, who served as head coach of the February 2022 and November 2021 USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying Teams, as well as Purdue University head coach Matt Painter, will serve as assistant coaches.

Pistons unveil Statement Edition uniforms for 2022-23 season

On Wednesday, the Detroit Pistons unveiled their Statement Edition uniforms for the 2022-23 NBA season.

The black uniforms feature “DET” across the chest in white lettering, with a blue and red stripe across the jersey. The stripes pay homage to the warmup tops the Pistons wore during the late 80’s and early 90’s.

The uniform also features blue trim and the Pistons 313 logo on the shorts. United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM), the Pistons official jersey patch and exclusive mortgage partner, is featured prominently on the jersey’s left front strap.

The Statement Edition jerseys will be worn during every “In It For My City” promotional game throughout the season.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Guard (2) Cade Cunningham and forward (41) Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons pose during a photoshoot, Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Jeff Lewis)
Guard (2) Cade Cunningham and forward (41) Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons pose during a photoshoot, Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Jeff Lewis)
Guard (2) Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons poses during a photoshoot, Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Jeff Lewis)
Forward (41) Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons poses during a photoshoot, Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Jeff Lewis)

Barnes, Cunningham, Mobley headline NBA All-Rookie First Team

Toronto Raptors guard-forward Scottie Barnes, Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham and Cleveland Cavaliers forward-center Evan Mobley have been unanimously selected to the 2021-22 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the league announced Wednesday.

The three players each received NBA All-Rookie First Team votes on all 100 ballots from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Joining Barnes, Cunningham and Mobley (200 total points each) on the 2021-22 Kia NBA All-Rookie First Team are Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner (183 points; 84 First Team votes) and Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green (158 points; 58 First Team votes).

Barnes, the 2021-22 NBA Rookie of the Year, ranked third among first-year NBA players in points (15.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.5 rpg) and fifth in assists (3.5 apg).  He was named the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month twice (February and March/April).  Cunningham, the first overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, led all rookies in points (17.4 ppg), was second in assists (5.6 apg) and finished fifth in rebounds (5.5 rpg).  He earned NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for January.

Mobley, who finished second to Barnes in voting for the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, led all rookies in rebounds (8.3 rpg) and blocked shots (1.67 bpg) and was fifth in points (15.0 ppg).  He was honored as the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November.

Wagner, the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December, started all 79 of his games and ranked fourth among first-year NBA players in points (15.4 ppg).  Green, the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March/April, finished second among rookies in scoring average (17.3 ppg) and recorded at least 20 points in 17 of his final 25 games.

The 2021-22 NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of New Orleans Pelicans forward Herbert Jones (123 points), Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (122), Denver Nuggets guard Bones Hyland (81), Chicago Bulls guard Ayo Dosunmu (75) and Indiana Pacers guard Chris Duarte (52).

Cavs’ Garland on losing to Pistons: ‘This is a bad loss’

The Cleveland Cavaliers were hoping to make it four straight wins Sunday night when they headed into Detroit to battle the Pistons.

However, behind a game-high 31 points from Saddiq Bey and a triple-double from rookie Cade Cunningham, who had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, Detroit defeated the Cavs 115-105 at Little Caesars Arena.

Cleveland’s(30-20) three-game winning streak is over, while the Pistons(12-37) snapped their four-game losing streak.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Pistons.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

Darius Garland had a team-high 24 points, including a career-high-tying five threes, with seven assists and four rebounds. The third-year guard had a great second quarter as he scored 12 points, including three threes.

-Evan Mobley was in double figures once again as he scored 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and added three blocks. This was Mobley’s 17th consecutive game in double figures. In addition,  Mobley has recorded 21 multi-block games, the most by a Cavs rookie since Tristan Thompson’s 20 multi-block games during the 2011-12 season. 

The first four minutes of the first quarter: Cleveland got out early on the Pistons and led 15-0 at the 8:03 mark of the first quarter, which was their largest lead of the game. The Cavs made their first four shots, and it appeared Cleveland would run away with the game, but they only led 29-24 after one.

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

Rebounding: The Pistons outrebounded the Cavs 48-41. Cleveland allowed 16 offensive rebounds, and Detroit had 20 second-chance points.

Points in the paint: Detroit had a good time in the lane. The Pistons scored 64 of their 115 points in the paint. The Cavs had a hard time keeping the Pistons out of the paint, which cost them Sunday night.

Fourth Quarter: With 9:02 left in the fourth, the Cavs led 98-89. However, the Pistons would go on a 22-2 run and take a 111-100 lead with just under a minute left in the game. The 11-point lead was Detroit’s largest lead of the night. Detroit shot 61% from the field, including 60% from downtown in the quarter. Cleveland had seven turnovers in the fourth and shot 38% from the floor. The Pistons outscored the Cavs 31-17 in the final period. 

Bottom Line:

Cleveland had their best win of the season when they beat the defending champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday night, and this loss to the Pistons might have been the worst loss of the season. This is a bad loss for the Cavs, and there’s no other way to look at it. They led early and fell apart late. These are the types of losses that you regret later in the season.

However, when you’re a young team, losses like this happen, but they can’t let it happen again.

“This is a bad loss, and it is going to stick in my mind,” Garland said postgame.

What’s Next:

Cleveland gets right back at it Monday night when they head home to battle the Pelicans.

Best of the Rest:

Jarrett Allen had 15 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks. Dean Wade added 14 points, and Cedi Osman chipped in with 13 points off the Cavs’ bench.

-Isaiah Stewart had a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds; Frank Jackson added 19 points off the Pistons’ bench.

Watch below as Garland talks loss to the Pistons:

Cavs’ Garland: ‘We’ve got the bark and the bite right now’

The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking for a bounce-back performance on Friday night against the visiting Detroit Pistons, and they got it. 

Cleveland(8-5) led by as many as 27 points and defeated the Pistons(2-9) 98-78.

Here is the Great, Not so Great, and the Bottom Line of Cleveland’s win over the Pistons.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Darius Garland did it all for Cleveland on Friday night. He scored 21 points, including four threes, and dished out seven assists as he was lobbing it left and right to Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley at the rim. Garland also added two rebounds and two steals.

-Evan Mobley, who was the third overall pick, got a chance to face the number one overall pick in Cade Cunningham on Friday night, and as he has done all year long, Mobley filled out the stat sheet. He had 16 points, seven rebounds, three blocks, and two steals. According to the team, Mobley became the fastest Cavs rookie to grab 100 rebounds since Brad Daugherty (12 games) and Hot Rod Williams (13 games) in 1986.

-Cedi Osman was outstanding off the Cavs’ bench. He scored 17 points.

Defense: Cleveland held the Pistons to 78 points on .367% shooting from the field. In addition, they forced 23 turnovers, which turned into 27 points. The 78 points are the lowest amount of points they’ve allowed in a game since 2016.

Third Quarter Defense: The Cavaliers held the Pistons to 11 points in the third. Detroit(5/20) shot 25% from the floor. Cleveland led by as much as 22 in the quarter and took complete control of the game.

Not so Great for the Cavaliers:

-Cleveland did have 21 turnovers on Friday. Not a big deal on this night because it only led to 11 Piston points, but against a better team, this could have been a problem.

Bottom Line:

The Cavs did what good teams do to a bad team, and that’s beat them up. In addition, it was good to see this team come out with a level of anger after the tough loss to the Wizards that snapped their four-game winning streak. 

“We’ve got the bark and the bite right now,” Garland said postgame. “Everybody is jelling and is fun to be around. It’s a lot of fun.”

What’s Next:

Cleveland gets back at it on Saturday night at home against the Boston Celtics.

Best of the Rest:

Jarrett Allen’s streak of five straight double-doubles ended on Friday night as he chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds, and this beautiful dunk below:

-Isaac Okoro added nine points and nine rebounds.

-Ricky Rubio had five points, nine assists, and five steals off the bench.

-Lamar Stevens left with a right ankle sprain in the second quarter and did not return.

-Kevin Love (Health and Safety Protocols) and Lauri Markkanen (Health and Safety Protocols) are still out. However, Love was in the arena on Friday night and joined the team on the bench.

-Jerami Grant led the Pistons with 16 points and Cunningham added nine points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Watch below as Garland, Mobley, and Osman react to team’s win over Pistons: