Lakers Fans Will Love this Scouts Assessment of New Arrival Kendrick Nunn

Published 10/08/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo drives against Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn during the second quarter in game one of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers have had a roster overhaul this summer. They have added 16 players to their roster, which includes the likes of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan, Kendrick Nunn, among others. While many feel that the Lakers’ aging roster could be a problem for a long season, but the youthful presence of Kendrick Nunn and Malik Monk can be a potential solution.

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The preseason has already started, and the Lakers have lost both of their games. The preseason’s results are not a concern, as the focus is on the process. But younger players such as Kendrick Nunn and Malik Monk have excelled in these two games.

Jan 23, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) shoots the ball against Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Vogel has started Kendrick Nunn in both preseason games and Nunn has impressed in both. Nunn could be the starter for the Lakers this season in Trevor Ariza’s absence. Scouts have a positive review for him due to his defensive potential.

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Scouts love Los Angeles Lakers star, Kendrick Nunn

Trevor Ariza has been sidelined with an ankle injury and the Lakers want someone to step up in his absence. Kendrick Nunn is a name that the scouts rave and he could become a potential starter with the Lakers after two impressive displays in the preseason.

“Scouts have agreed with Vogel on Bazemore — he’s probably the most equipped to take on the challenge of one of the NBA’s top wings,” Dan Woike of Los Angeles Times wrote.

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) puts up a reverse layup between Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9), Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22), Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) a d Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

“Another name, though, that’s come up, is Kendrick Nunn. Scouts love his toughness and think he could be a factor on that side of the ball, too.”

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Kendrick Nunn, who turned 26 two months back, signed with the Lakers this summer. He spent his last two seasons with Miami Heat and made it to All-Rookie First Team last year. Nunn averaged 15 PPG, 2.9 RPG, .9 SPG, .2 BPG with the Heat.

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Los Angeles Lakers have had 14 departures during the off-season, which included some key defenders. The departure of the likes of Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope became a problem for the Lakers. However, it appears that they found their replacements in Kent Bazemore and Kendrick Nunn. With Trevor Ariza out, we could see Frank Vogel giving regular chances to Nunn this season.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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