Kendrick Nunn is a 6’2” guard who plays for the Miami Heat in the NBA. Nunn is a Chicago native who was born on August 3, 1995. Nunn went unpicked in the 2018 draft but was later picked up by Miami in 2019.
Nunn pursued basketball from a young age and he attended Simeon Career Academy in his hometown. It is a well-esteemed school and the likes of Derrick Rose and Bobby Simmons are the notable alumni.
Nunn and his teammate Jabari Parker had their jersey numbers retired at the end of their senior year. During his high-school stint, the youngster led Simeon to four Illinois High School Association titles.
Nunn committed to the University of Illinois upon graduation, amid offers from several top universities. He enjoyed good playing time as a freshman and earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors shortly.
Nunn’s junior year at college ended in a bad fashion as he was dismissed from the basketball team after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge. He was indefinitely suspended by his university, which raised speculations about his on-court future.
However, he transferred to Oakland where he played for a year before declaring for the NBA draft. He had to sit out his first year but averaged 25.9 points and 4.7 rebounds a game during the 2017-18 season. Nunn’s incredible displays earned him First Team All-League and Horizon League Player of the Year honors.
Nunn declared for the 2018 draft in hopes of bringing his talent to the NBA, but his hopes were deterred. None of the teams picked him, which left the youngster no other option but to sign a partial contract afterward.
It didn’t work out well for him as the Golden State Warriors declined to offer him a professional contract after signing him up for the summer league. Nunn was left without an NBA contract, but his hopes overturned in 2019.
The Miami Heat came into the picture and signed the young guard, who instantly impressed with the team. He found the good books of head coach Erik Spoelstra, who started him ahead of veteran Goran Dragic as the team’s point guard during the regular season.
Kendrick Nunn won three Rookie of the Month awards during the regular season which is the most by an undrafted player. He then became a towering contender for ROY voting owing to his explosive talent.
The 2019 draft class boasted several top talents who entered the league. Zion Williamson was undoubtedly a towering candidate for the award, but #2 pick Ja Morant was winning everyone’s attention with his consistency.
Kendrick Nunn too managed to impress the fans in spite of Morant and Williamson stealing the show. It is a shame that his talent when undrafted when teams had the chance to pick him up.
Despite Morant dominating the 2020 ROY voting, Kendrick Nunn finished second in the race ahead of Zion Williamson. It was indeed a moment to cherish for the youngster who received the perfect boost to prolong his promising NBA career.
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2020)
Horizon League Player of the Year (2018)
First-team All-Horizon League (2018)
Big Ten All-Freshman team (2014)
No. 20 retired by Simeon Wolverines
Kendrick Nunn has been simply outstanding for the Miami Heat. He thrives under pressure and has the two-way game chartered out. He’s always buzzing on the court, which directly adds to his stats. Currently, in the 2020-21 season, Nunn is averaging 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.
When the Miami Heat picked him up, Kendrick Nunn signed a three-year $3,085,450 contract with the team. His contracts are non-guaranteed and will only be fully confirmed after he plays the first regular-season game.
Nunn is represented by agent Adam Pensack of Pensack Sports Management and was the 13th best player on the Heat roster during the 2019/20 season.
Kendrick Nunn will undoubtedly sign lucrative contracts in the future. His initial contract sees him getting three-million, but the number will soon rise based on his displays.
Furthermore, he signed an endorsement deal with PUMA during his rookie year. The amount was undisclosed, but he became one of the few rookies who signed a deal with the apparel and footwear company last year.
Nunn signed a deal with PUMA as a rookie and has been donning their sneakers in the NBA. The explosive guard wore ‘Puma Clyde Hardwood’ as his chosen model, and was seen sporting Air Jordans too, before signing the contract.
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