Lakers’ New Arrival Kendrick Nunn Motivated to Prove His Mettle in Upcoming Season

Published 08/19/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
May 24, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) puts up shot over Milwaukee Bucks guard Bryn Forbes (7) in the second quarter during game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers have been busy during the offseason. They have signed many players through trades and free agency to bolster their team for the coming season. One of their most exciting additions has been Kendrick Nunn. The 26-year-old scoring guard has reportedly penned a two-year deal with the Lakers. Nunn is hyped up ahead of the 2021-22 season and is ready to prove himself in Los Angeles.

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After going undrafted in 2018, Nunn signed with Miami Heat in 2019. During the pre-season, he quickly impressed everyone. Due to his pre-season performances, he was awarded his NBA debut in Miami’s opening game during the 2019-20 season. Nunn’s exploits in his rookie season earned him a place in the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie First Team and finished runners-up in the Rookie of the Year voting.

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Kendrick Nunn wants to prove his 2-way ability for Los Angeles Lakers

Kendrick Nunn is motivated ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season and wants to prove his mettle in improving the Lakers‘ defense. In his introductory press conference, Nunn stated he is ready to prove that he’s a 2-way player.

“I’m real tenacious on the defensive end. I take pride in playing defense, so that’s something I pride myself on and do very well,” Nunn said in his introductory press conference.

May 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammates against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Nunn is a dynamic player who can contribute in many ways. In the 56 regular-season games he played for Miami last season, he averaged 14.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.6 APG, and .9 SPG. In his debut NBA season, he played 67 games for Miami, starting all. He also featured in four playoffs games last season, averaging 10.3 points per game.

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With Nunn at their disposal, the Lakers will be a tough team to beat in the coming season. But Nunn’s defensive contribution is still a question mark and it’ll be interesting to see how he contributes to Vogel’s side.

The Lakers have 12 incomings to their roster: Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Joel Ayayi, Kent Bazemore, Chaundee Brown, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard, Mac McClung, Malik Monk, Kendrick Nunn, Austin Reaves, and Russell Westbrook.

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They have now got some important additions and backups to help them fight for the championship once again. After a first-round exit in the 2020-21 season, the Lakers will look to bounce back.

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Abhishek Singh

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