Cade Cunningham didn't act surprised to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. There was no reason to do that.

The overwhelming feeling that the Detroit Pistons would use the first choice on Cunningham became reality Thursday night when the Oklahoma State star was the initial pick of the draft at New York.

"Words can't even explain the emotions," Cunningham said of being the No. 1 overall pick. "I'm just so happy to be here and see what I can do on the next level."

Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists, ending with Big 12 Player of the Year honors during his lone season with the Cowboys. He led the team in scoring, assists, steals (43) and 3-point baskets (62).

The Pistons went 20-52 last season -- the second-worst record in the NBA -- and missed the postseason for the 10th time in their past 12 campaigns.

It marked the first time Detroit selected first since choosing Bob Lanier in 1970. Lanier was a seven-time All-Star during 9 1/2 seasons with the Pistons and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

While the draft roared into overdrive, reports were circulating that the Los Angeles Lakers were on the verge of acquiring former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards for a package that includes forwards Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Guard Jalen Green went second to the Houston Rockets, big man Evan Mobley was chosen third by the Cleveland Cavaliers, forward Scottie Barnes was selected fourth by the Toronto Raptors and point guard Jalen Suggs was picked fifth by the Orlando Magic.

Australian point guard Josh Giddey went sixth to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 6-foot-6 Green decided against college basketball and instead played in the G League, where he averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 15 games. Former NBA player and coach Brian Shaw was his coach.

"It helped me become a pro on and off the court," Green said of the G League stint. "Overall, I learned a lot and I'm ready to go in the NBA."

The 7-0 Mobley starred at Southern California and was the Pac-12 Player of the Year after averaging 16.4 points and 8.7 rebounds. The player who blocked 95 shots last season in his lone college season felt the situation was surreal.

"It felt amazing. I can't even put into words," Mobley said. "I'm really here right now. It's crazy."

Toronto's choice of Barnes was a bit of a surprise as many draft prognosticators projected Suggs to be the choice of the Raptors. But Toronto opted for a versatile player who started just seven games in his one season at Florida State.

"I'm happy with it, I'm ready to work," said the 6-8 Barnes, who averaged 10.3 points last season.

The 6-4 Suggs became the second Gonzaga player to be picked in the top five, joining Adam Morrison (third in 2006 to Charlotte).

"The sky is the limit," Suggs said of being chosen by the Magic. "I'm going to join a great group of guys and great people and excellent guards."

The 6-8 Giddey was climbing up the draft boards in recent weeks. Scouts respected his performance in Australia, where he was National Basketball League Rookie of the Year after averaging 10.9 points, 7.6 assists and 7.3 rebounds in 28 games for the Adelaide 36ers.

"This is what I've been working for my entire life," Giddey said. "To live my dream of playing in the NBA and having the support of my family and friends from back home, it means the world to me. I'm looking forward to showing what I can do on the world stage."

The Golden State Warriors had the seventh choice and selected 6-6 forward Jonathan Kuminga of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kuminga, who left his country for the United States at age 13, played in the G League last season and averaged 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 13 games.

Kuminga said the draft represented the first time he saw his parents in six years.

The Magic chose again at No. 8 and selected swingman Franz Wagner of Michigan. The Sacramento Kings used the ninth pick on 6-1 guard Davion Mitchell, the national Defensive Player of the Year while helping Baylor win the national title.

The New Orleans Pelicans chose 10th with a pick that is headed to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the trade in which Jonas Valanciunas went to New Orleans and Steven Adams and Eric Bledsoe went to Memphis. The choice was forward Ziaire Williams of Stanford.

The other lottery choices were Connecticut guard James Bouknight (11th to Charlotte Hornets), Alabama guard Joshua Primo (12th to San Antonio Spurs), Oregon guard Chris Duarte (13th to Indiana Pacers) and Arkansas guard Moses Moody (14th to Golden State Warriors).

Gonzaga had a second player drafted in the first round when forward Corey Kispert went 15th to the Washington Wizards.

The Rockets added three more players in the first round to join Green in the team's rebuilding phase. Houston reportedly acquired the No. 16 pick -- center Alperen Sengun of Turkey -- from the Oklahoma City Thunder for two future first-round picks and also used picks to select forward Usman Garuba of Spain at No. 23 and Arizona State guard Josh Christopher at No. 24.

After the lottery selections were completed, NBA commissioner Adam Silver momentarily paused the draft to announce that Terrence Clarke was an honorary draft pick. The 19-year-old died in a car crash in April after declaring for the draft following one season at Kentucky.

Among second-round picks, the Utah Jazz landed Baylor guard Jared Butler with the 40th overall selection, a pick acquired from the Pelicans via the Grizzlies. Butler was the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Iowa center Luka Garza, the consensus National Player of the Year, went 52nd to the Detroit Pistons.

--Field Level Media

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