Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat’s Hidden Weapon
The Miami Heat came to the 2019-2020 season with a burning passion. The arrival of Jimmy Butler from the free market and Tyler Herro from the draft process is enough to make the passion of the Heat supporters rise again. Beyond the two, the development of Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk, Derrick Jones Jr., and Bam Adebayo are also worth the wait.
However, in the three games that Heat has passed, there is one other name that sticks out. One name that does not seem to be counted on by many parties but is able to look stunning. One name that even paid the smallest three major in the team. This player is Kendrick Nunn.
In these three games, Kendrick is the temporary top score for the Heat, not Justise, Goran Dragic, or other big names in the team. He packed an average of 22.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. For accuracy, overall (FG%) Kendrick recorded 52 percent of incoming shots. From tripoin, the accuracy is also extraordinary by touching 42 percent. During this time, he never failed to include free shots from five of his experiments.
When it comes to continued statistics, Kendrick’s numbers are still good. Overall, for the player in the garda position, he is arguably productive and effective. Its productivity can be measured from the TS% record which touched 62 percent. While the level of effectiveness of this 24-year-old player can be seen from the record of eFG% which is at 60 percent.
On the other hand, all the notes above also occur only in the level of usage rating (USG%) which is not exactly high (24.9 percent). In fact, that number only placed him in the 71st order with the highest ultrasound% in the league. He is not even the player with the highest% ultrasound in the Heat (Goran Dragic 25.6 percent).
In contrast, an attack efficiency of 1.08 points per possession puts him as the 31st highest offensive player in the league (a minimum of 30 minutes per game). On the other side of the pitch, a defensive rating of 99.5 makes him 21st in the league.
The notes above show how brilliant Kendrick’s game was in the first three games. And the Heat are a lucky team because they only have to pay US $ 1.4 million this season and US $ 1.6 million next season. The price is clearly very cheap with such contributions.
This cheap price was obtained by Heat because of Kendrick’s status. The name of the player from Chicago, Illinois, United States is actually in the 2018 Draft NBA player pool. However, none of the teams chose it ( undrafted ). As a result, Kendrick spent last season in the NBA G League with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Together with Santa Cruz, Kendrick packed 19.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. He appeared in 49 games and only once became a major player. The slick performance made the Heat finally sign Kendrick on April 10 and now the Heat are also holding the results of their trust.
In the last preseason, Kendrick actually surprised many after scoring 40 points in the Heat’s last preseason game against the Houston Rockets. However, it seems that many parties consider that this only lasts for a moment and does not continue until the regular season.
Now, with disputes between the Heat Coach, Erik Spoelstra and one of the Heat guards, Dion Waiters, Kendrick’s opportunity to continue to fill regular positions is even greater. His only rival now is Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro. However, the three are arguably flexible enough to appear in a number of back court positions.
It is interesting to wait whether Kendrick’s magic is only for a moment or will continue throughout the season and in the future. If it fails to run continuously, this spectacular trip feels worth it to continue to be remembered by Kendrick. However, if he manages to maintain performance, then the NBA will be the arrival of a new threat, the hidden weapon of the Miami Heat!