After going undrafted in 2018, Kendrick Nunn ended up playing in the G League last season. Fast forward a year and Nunn is one of the biggest surprises of the early 2019-20 NBA Season.
Nunn is Miami’s leading scorer averaging 22.3 points per game and is a big reason why the Heat are 2-1 and sitting atop the Southeast Division standings. Nunn is making 58 percent of all of his 2-point attempts and 42 percent of all his 3s.
Along with Nunn, Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow are averaging 19.0 points a game and Bam Adebayo is scoring 15.3 points and grabbing 11.0 rebounds per night. The Heat are enjoying success and have played without their best player, Jimmy Butler, who hasn’t played yet due to the birth of his daughter. Butler will likely rejoin the team this week.
Nunn played three seasons at Illinois before he was dismissed from the team because of a misdemeanor battery charge that involved an altercation with a woman. Nunn transferred to Oakland University where he finished second in the nation in scoring (25.9 ppg) behind Oklahoma’s Trae Young.
Nunn still went undrafted but was signed by the Golden State Warriors. After being released by the Warriors, Nunn ended up with the team’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. In April, the Heat signed Nunn. He made a huge impression in the preseason by scoring 40 points against Houston. Nunn made his NBA debut with 24 points in a season-opening win over Memphis last week.