Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn and Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant have been named the NBA’s East and West Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November.
Heat guard Kendrick Nunn and Grizzlies guard Ja Morant have been named the NBA’s East and West Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November. pic.twitter.com/H9xjmBE1q7
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) December 3, 2019
Nunn, a Chicago native, went undrafted in the 2018 draft. He signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors on July 13, 2018, but was waived by the Dubs on October 12, 2018.
The Heat signed Nunn to a multiyear deal on April 10, 2019. He’s now the starting point guard in Miami and has been turning heads left and right with his stellar play. Nunn is averaging 16.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line.
For the Grizzlies, Morant is averaging 18.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. He’s shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 41.0 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free-throw line. Morant will be considered week-to-week moving forward after re-aggravating his back last week against the Utah Jazz.
The Grizzlies are clearly going to be careful with Morant since he’s the new franchise player in Memphis. Plus, back injuries are not to be taken lightly.
Ja has three double-doubles on the season. He could wind up winning the Rookie of the Year Award since No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson has yet to make his debut due to a knee injury which required surgery, although we have to see how this new injury update plays out for Morant.