KENDRICK NUNN: UNDRAFTED ROY?

Kendrick Nunn the leader in the rookie of the year race.

Zion Williamson is out of the picture for the better half of the first part of the season, leading to a wide open race for rookie of the year. Most analysts are looking at guys like Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett as the next inline to take home rookie of the year honors. Most people are sleeping on Kendrick Nunn. Not only is Kendrick a rookie putting up big numbers, but he is also an undrafted player putting up over 21 points a game with better than average shooting splits. At the moment, he doesn’t just look like a player who could win rookie of the year but also a player who could challenge for a spot on the all start team. Most people gave Jimmy Butler crap for joining the Heat but it seems like he has made a sound decision. The Heat look like a newer version of the grit and grind Grizzlies that many fans love, and Kendrick Nunn is joined by another cold-blooded scoring rookie in Tyler Herro. If you are a fan of college basketball, Kendrick shouldn’t be a no-name player to you: he was the second leading scorer in the same year that Trae Young set college basketball on fire. It will take time for the media to catch on to Kendrick Nunn’s name and recognize that he still qualifies as a rookie even though he had played a few minutes last year as a two-way player. If he keeps this up, he will be the first undrafted rookie of the year and possibly the first to make an all start team as a rookie. With guys like John Wall injured and the Heat winning games, he has excited like Zion would with half of the fan fair. Put Kendrick on your radar: he isn’t going anywhere.

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Jared

I am an avid football and basketball fan following the two sports for the last 25 years.

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