Cade Cunningham missed 70 games last season due to a stress fracture in his left leg, but his absence hasn't dissuaded some projections of his potential as one of the NBA's rising stars.
The third-year Pistons guard landed at No. 45 on CBS Sports' top-100 player rankings, released on Tuesday.
Lists are usually designed for discourse and discussions among NBA fans, and some may be surprised to see Cunningham received such a high designation, considering he played in just 12 games before his second season came to an abrupt end.
However, in that small sample size, Cunningham increased his production from his rookie year and averaged 19.