The Miami Heat had a start-of-season dreaming (4-1), and all the credit does not return to the star Jimmy Butler or, well observed, rookie Tyler Herro. In this lovely class, another rookie, more unexpected, out of the lot. His name, Kendrick Nunn, a non-drafted in the 2018 and who is becoming the sensation of the Miami Heat and the NBA.
Yet, before this season 2019-2010, it hasn’t always been as easy as today for Kendrick Nunn. In fact, the young man has not bad had a hard time, since his university years. In may 2015, then a junior (third year) of the university of Illinois and achieving a great season, the native of Chicago, Illinois, is dismissed from the basketball team of his university. The reason, of behavioural problems related to violence against a girl of the campus. An event that would mark the end of his academic career. Fortunately, Oakland university, recognizing the great talent of the boy, wished to give him a second chance. Kendrick Nunn will return to the parquet NCAA that during the season 2017-2018, as the rules NCAA force a player transferred to not play during the season following his transfer. This season was one of the explosion for the current player on the Heat. In finishing second in scoring, behind Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks), with 25.9 points and being the player who comes the more shooting at 3 points per game, he proves to the entire world of basketball, that it is indeed ready for the NBA.
112 points for his first 5 NBA games. Biggest total in history for a player not drafted.
The guard, therefore, logically, to the Draft 2018. However, no team in the NBA does this outside scoreur, 22 years old at the time. This does not destabilize Kendrick Nunn, who knows that the path to the NBA is still long. It then signs a deal with the Golden State Warriors, but is sent in the G-League, the Santa Cruz Warriors. There he made a great season 2018-2019, reached more than 19 points average.
It is in the summer of 2019 that the Miami Heat gave him his chance and the sign in the team. He participated in the stride to the Summer League with the team in florida. Kendrick Nunn knows that he must not miss and perfectly captures his luck. By planting a few 22 points on average, with about 5 rebounds and 5 assists, the young player was immediately in the good paper of the management of the Heat and continues to make a good impression in pre-season. In the Face of the Rockets of James Harden, Kendrick Nunn is the author of a small peak at 40 points. An early NBA career ideal that is not going to stop once the start of the season NBA 2019-2020. Immediately used as a lead-holder by Erik Spoelstra, coach of the Heat, Nunn shows up immediately to the height of the expectations placed in him. With a huge capacity in the scoring, the young man plants many points, meeting after meeting. Today, and after 5 NBA games, the player born in 1995 is just part of the history of the great league. His stats in the scoring are the following : 24, 18, 25, 17 and 28 points. This makes it the third-largest total in history, with 112 points after only 5 NBA games. It is second only to Jerry Stackhouse (1995-1996) and Kevin Durant (2007-2008). Not bad for a player snubbed by absolutely all the teams in the NBA, during the nba Draft in 2018. After an early career galley, Nunn has finally air-launched and is already running at full speed with the Miami Heat.
Kendrick Nunn and the Miami Heat, the perfect alloy
After 5 games, the Heat are 4 wins for a single defeat and Kendrick Nunn is one of the centerpieces of the system Spoelstra, and this, being a rookie. Although he is a rookie, the young man was still 24 years old, an advantage in terms of maturity and development, when we know that some of the rookies of the league have not even 20 years old. Using guard holder, instead of Goran Dragic, who is coming back from injury, the coach of the Heat has already the air of having found a certain balance in its workforce. In a team that rotates, but with only one superstar, in the person of Jimmy Butler, Kendrick Nunn found his place and has to speak. It has done wonderfully, evidenced by the beginning of the season simply historical. Alongside players such as Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo or Jimmy Butler, the guard of the Heat has found teammates who play with the same desire to win every night. It blends in perfectly in this group, and match completely with the mentality advocated by Miami. After the beginning of the season perfect on the part of Kendrick Nunn and his team, we now look forward to see more.
What’s next ?
Of course, to hold this pace the whole season seems to be complicated, or even impossible. Yet, we see him perfectly to continue to score the fifteen points every night in the attack of Heat that plays well and puts the pace of the two sides of the field. Ditto on defence, where, in spite of its small size (188 cm), Nunn will continue to play with heart and help the excellent defenders that are Bam Adebayo or Jimmy Butler. For its use, no one really knows how Erik Spoelstra plans to use its numbers throughout the season. In all cases, either as a starter or out of the bench, we can see the young outside flourish in his role of scoreur. A further string to the bow of Kendrick Nunn, the fact that he is a combo guard, the player that Miami may as well play back as leader, and this will help them to get minutes throughout the season. In any case, this promises for the future of the Heat. Build around Jimmy Butler, with young people as Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo, and rookies Tyler Herro and now Kendrick Nunn for the help, it was worse as a project. In addition, with a genius like Pat Riley (the leader of the Miami Heat) to the stick, it was already eager to see more.
Kendrick Nunn is, today, the perfect representative of all these players who are non-draftés who don nothing for a day live their dream and continue to work to achieve it. An inspiring story and a player who has not finished to amaze us !