Cade out for opener, but aiming for Rookie of the Year: "Mine to go get"


Cade Cunningham won't be on the court for the Pistons' season-opener Wednesday night, sidelined by an ankle injury. But he's still aiming high in his first NBA season.

"If I can get the NBA Rookie of the Year trophy, obviously I’d love to have it," Cunningham wrote in his first entry of a diary with The Undefeated. "I was the No. 1 pick. That award is something that is mine to go get. I’m definitely going to attack the game. I’m definitely going to do what I do."

That said, Cunningham noted Rookie of the Year is just "a trophy." He wants to accomplish more lasting things in year one with the Pistons.

"I feel what I could build in that locker room is going to mean a lot more to me and worth a lot more than whatever hardware I can get," he said. "That’s just an individual award."