DETROIT – Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham was ruled out of the team’s season opener against the Chicago Bulls due to a sprained right ankle.
Detroit will host the Bulls on Wednesday night without Cunningham, the first overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. Cunningham injured his ankle early in training camp and did not play in preseason.
Detroit relies on the 6-foot-8-inch guard to help restore success.
The Pistons have earned a playoff spot just twice since 2009, when they ended an eight-year playoff streak that included their third NBA championship, two Eastern Conference titles and six trips to the conference finals.