Cade Cunningham reveals LeBron James, Luka Doncic’s influence in his game

Cade Cunningham, the potential number one pick of the 2021 NBA Draft, has kept an eye on two prolific superstars. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic. Cunningham is currently playing for the Oklahoma State Cowboys of the Big 12 Conference and is averaging an impressive 20. 2 points, 6. 3 rebounds and 3. 6 assists per game. . The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, who spoke to Cunningham himself, observed a couple of elite skills that the 19-year-old already possesses. the ability to make his teammates better no matter the situation, his unselfishness, and jumper. It’s no coincidence that these skills, amongst other things, are also what makes James and Doncic so great for their respective NBA teams on the court. . Cunningham, who came out of Montverde Academy, is arguably the most intriguing prospect in college basketball for the past couple of years aside from New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Zion Williamson. According to The Washington Post’s Ben Golliver, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Cunningham has the potential to be a franchise player similar to James and Doncic but still has to work on his decision-making and setup skills. While the potential NBA top pick still has some development to do, there’s no doubt Cunningham has the potential to maximize better spacing around him in the NBA. The 19-year-old’s jump shot is already good enough to attract the opposing defense’s attention, which is a huge plus in the pros. As for now though, Cade Cunningham is focused on leading his team this coming March Madness. The Oklahoma State is currently the number fourth seed in the midwest region

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zach LaVine capped a 36-point performance with a driving layup and four free throws during the final minute, and the Chicago Bulls held off a late rally to beat the mercurial New Orleans Pelicans 128-124 on Wednesday night.

“I’ve got to stay aggressive,” LaVine said, noting that he might have been too eager to pass when the Pelicans tightened the game up in the final five minutes. “It makes the play a little bit easier, because if they don’t stop me, then obviously I’m at the rim or have an open shot.

“I feel comfortable taking those free throws at the end of the game,” LaVine added.

Coby White scored 25 for the Bulls, who led by as many as 19 and were still up 18 in the fourth quarter before the Pelicans’ late surge pulled them as close as 117-113 on Jaxson Hayes alley-oop dunk as he was fouled with 1:49 left.

Hayes missed the free throw, however, and Zion Williamson, who scored 28 points, missed two free throws with a chance to cut it to two with 1:23 left.

“I really feel like I let my team down, man,” said Williamson, who missed eight of 16 free throws in the game and returned to the empty court afterward to work on his foul shots. “I’ve got to be better in that situation. If I want to be one of those great players and I take a lot of responsibility, I’ve got to be ready for those moments.”