Kendrick Nunn has never been under the media radar. Zion Williamson, number one ruki who now plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, tends to get more attention during the 2019 NBA Draft. The pandits even believe the Forward Forward will become the Rookie of the Year. However, Nunn actually won that attention from Williamson.
The Miami Guard’s first-year main guard recently impressed in the 2019-2020 NBA. He was even able to appear in 17 regular matches as a starter. Head Coach Erik Spoelstra is willing to put seniors like Goran Dragic as a backup to keep Nunn in the main ranks. He also answered his coach’s confidence by scoring an average of 16.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 blocks.
The percentage of shots (FG%) Nunn is also quite high. The value reached 47.8 percent. With shot effectiveness (eFG%) it touches 56.5 percent. While the true shooting percentage (TS%) is 57.9 percent.
With such performance, Nunn added confidence. He even felt that he would become the Rookie of the Year this year.
“I really feel like Rookie of the Year,” Nunn told Shams Charania, The Athletic .
Before playing in the NBA, Nunn himself had spent time in the G League. He played with the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2018-2019. Nunn hoped to get a call from his affiliated club, the Golden State Warriors, but did not come.
“I feel close to the Golden State organization. They often came to watch us last year,” Nunn said again.
Long waiting, Nunn finally got a call from the NBA club. However, not from the Warriors but the Heat. They called him on the last day of last season. Heat signed him in hopes of developing his talent in two years.
Nunn apparently experienced rapid development. He was impressive during the preseason. Nunn also showed his ability during training. Spoelstra was so impressed with him that he dared to put it in the starting line-up.
Now, Nunn wants to focus on taking advantage of the opportunity to take the Heat to a higher level than before. He intends to expand his name by playing well. So far, Nunn has managed to do that. He just need to continue. If it goes well, the title of Rookie of the Year may not be a dream anymore. (put)