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Dante Cunningham | Forward | #33

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 230
College: Villanova
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (3) / POR
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Dante Cunningham (personal) will not play Wednesday vs. Memphis.
This is the second straight game Cunningham has missed due to personal reasons. We still don't know what Cunningham is dealing with, but hopefully, it's something positive, such as the birth of a child. Terrence Jones (right thumb) has also been ruled out Wednesday. Alexis Ajinca started Monday's game. It was his first start since in 2017. Donatas Motiejunas will also likely see extended minutes once again. Feb 14 - 7:04 PM

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Dante Cunningham (personal) will not suit up for Monday's game against Phoenix.

It's unclear exactly why Cunningham is away from the team, but we hope it's nothing serious. Terrence Jones (thumb) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game, and if he's also forced to the sidelines, we might see Donatas Motiejunas enter the starting five. Stay tuned.
Feb 13 - 3:02 PM

Dante Cunningham started Sunday's game in place of Terrence Jones (right thumb), finishing with 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting, four 3-pointers, six rebounds and two assists.

Cunningham turned the ball over once in 38 minutes tonight. His stats are only slightly up as a starter, at 6.1 points (40.5 FGs, 62.5 FTs), 4.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.5 blocks, with 1.1 three-pointers. Most owners can do better via the waiver wire.
Feb 12 - 11:38 PM

Dante Cunningham will start Sunday's game in place of Terrence Jones (thumb).

Jones is day-to-day and Cunningham has never been great on a per-minute basis, unfortunately, so this doesn't have lasting implications for most fantasy owners.
Feb 12 - 8:52 PM

Dante Cunningham scored 12 points in a start against the Wolves on Friday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

That's a lot of playing time for Cunningham, who filled in for Terrence Jones (thumb). In his previous starts, Cunningham only averaged 5.8 points, 4.4 boards and 1.0 treys. He'll need to do it a few more times to be considered as a pickup. He might be a deep stream or DFS punt until TJ can get back.
Feb 11 - 1:28 AM

Dante Cunningham will start for Terrence Jones (thumb) against the Wolves on Friday.

Revenge game? Cunningham gets a start against the last team he played for back in 2012-14 and should be looking at decent minutes tonight. He'll be backed up by Donatas Motiejunas, who has a higher fantasy ceiling tonight. If you want to roll with a cheap DFS guy, give Donuts a look.
Feb 10 - 7:07 PM

Dante Cunningham (sprained right wrist) came off the bench vs. Detroit on Wednesday, notching two points, two rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.

Cunningham has been banged up for most of the season, but this latest ailment didn't cause him any DNPs. His per-minute production leaves a lot to be desired, and fantasy owners can ignore him even if he does ascend to the starting lineup again.
Feb 1 - 11:55 PM

Dante Cunningham (wrist) will come off the bench against the Pistons on Wednesday.

This isn't the first time coach Alvin Gentry has gone with a bigger first unit and it feels like a matchup. Cunningham doesn't have much value to begin with.
Feb 1 - 7:16 PM

Dante Cunningham (wrist) will play against the Pistons on Wednesday.

He suffered the injury in the loss on Tuesday and did not return. Cunningham usually starts for the Pelicans when they're not going against a bigger frontline, so he could come off the bench behind Terrence Jones. Whatever the case, Jones should be owned in standard leagues while Cunningham is more of an 18-team guy.
Feb 1 - 6:14 PM

Dante Cunningham (right wrist sprain) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

Cunningham suffered the wrist injury during Tuesday's game and did not return, which allowed Terrence Jones to log 34 minutes off the bench during the overtime loss to the Raptors. If Cunningham can't give it a go tonight, it'll either be Jones or Donatas Motiejunas moving into the starting five, with Jones being the preferable fantasy target. Stay tuned.
Feb 1 - 12:09 PM

Dante Cunningham (wrist) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

It's being called a right wrist injury, but the severity is not known. Cunningham isn't a fantasy asset anyways, but his absence will open up more minutes for Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas. Jones has the higher upside, but D-Mo started the second half.
Jan 31 - 8:17 PM

Dante Cunningham hit 2-of-4 shots for five points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in Sunday's 107-94 loss to the Wizards.

Cunningham briefly left the game with a knee injury, but was able to return. The fact that he played through the injury is good news. The Pelicans don’t play until Tuesday, which gives him a day of rest. Even when active and healthy, Cunningham belongs on the waiver wire.
Jan 29 - 8:37 PM

Dante Cunningham (left knee) briefly exited Sunday's game, but he has since returned.

Cunningham broke his right fibula earlier this season, so fortunately it's not a repeat injury. We should have another update after the game.
Jan 29 - 6:57 PM

Dante Cunningham started the second half on Wednesday, finishing with seven points, six rebounds, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

He is one of coach Alvin Gentry's guys and could play even more if Anthony Davis (quad) needs to miss time. Cunningham has always been a low-usage player, but Davis missing time could help Cunningham flirt with late-round value. He's been a 13th-round player in his last 10 outings for standard leagues.
Jan 26 - 1:33 AM

Dante Cunningham (illness) has returned to Monday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

That's nice, but Cunningham has very little fantasy value even with Anthony Davis on the shelf. Leave him on the wire.
Jan 23 - 9:02 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Tim Frazier
SG1E'Twaun Moore
SF1Solomon Hill
2Omri Casspi
3Quincy Pondexter
PF1Anthony Davis
2Terrence Jones
3Dante Cunningham
4Cheick Diallo
5Donatas Motiejunas
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Alexis Ajinca
3Omer Asik