Heat’s Kendrick Nunn declares himself Rookie of the Year over Grizzlies’ Ja Morant
Miami Heat rookie Kendrick Nunn has just come out with what will be considered as one of the most controversial statements of the year. According to the 6-foot-2 shooting guard, he is completely confident that he deserves the Rookie of the Year award over Memphis Grizzlies rising star Ja Morant.
“I’m Rookie of the Year,” Nunn said in an interview with Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The 24-year-old Heat guard did not seem fazed when reminded about how Morant has also been having a tremendous season with the Grizzlies.
“I think people will say that he is Rookie of the Year, but I don’t believe it,” Nunn continued. “The most value should be in the wins. And we’re both starting guards on teams, and our team has been holding it down. We’re a playoff team, so go ahead and give that Rookie of the Year to Kendrick Nunn.”
That’s one way of looking at it, I guess.
After going undrafted in last summer’s draft, the Heat struck gold with Nunn, who has been balling all year long. Prior to the season suspension, the former Oakland standout averaged 15.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.1 triples per game on a 36.2-percent clip. He is easily one of, if not the biggest steals of the 2019 NBA Draft.
For his part, however, Morant has likewise been making waves in his rookie campaign. The second overall pick has averaged 17.6 points (on 49.1 percent shooting), 3.5 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 triples per contest, making him the heavy favorite to lift the ROY trophy at the end of the season.
If there’s one thing that we learned about Nunn here is that confidence is not something he lacks.