Hamilton has his eyes on Cunningham and Ivy.
Former NBA player Richard Hamilton, who led Detroit to its glory days, recently sat down for an interview with MLive. During the interview, Hamilton talked about the current state of Detroit.
Hamilton was the seventh overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. He was traded to Detroit in 2002, where he really hit his stride.
With the ability to score close to 20 points at any given time, Hamilton quickly emerged as the team’s ace. Along the way, he formed a chemistry with backcourt partner Chauncey Billups. Together, they helped Detroit reach the Eastern Conference Finals for six straight years and win the 2004 Finals.
“From day one when Chauncey Billups and I joined the team, we talked about how we were carrying on the legacy of Detroit and how we wanted to play our own game,” Hamilton recalls.
But today’s Detroit is different. Detroit hasn’t been able to escape the bottom of the Eastern Conference in recent years. Their top picks have been slow to develop, but Hamilton has his eye on two youngsters.
“Detroit has always had great guards throughout its history,” Hamilton said. They’re also good leaders. I expect Jaden Ivy and Cade Cunningham to step into those roles.”
Ivey is a fiery, athletic guard. He made his presence felt last season, averaging 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. While his efficiency is lacking, he’s clearly the future of Detroit.
Cunningham was a first-round pick for Detroit. He showed off his versatility last season, averaging 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists. However, injuries limited him to just 12 games. There are still questions surrounding Cunningham. But the senior has faith in the junior.아톰카지노
“I don’t think a lot of people realize that Cunningham was playing through an injury last season,” Hamilton said. They say, ‘You’re a professional athlete, you should be playing,'” Hamilton said.
“I think he’s healthy now,” he continued. I think the city of Detroit and the fans of Detroit basketball will see a new Cunningham next season. He will be on the court to lead our team.”