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NBA G League Alum Kendrick Nunn Much More Than A One Hit Wonder

By Keith Schlosser | November 23, 2019

The success of Kendrick Nunn continues. He splashed onto the scene with a rather historic run in his first five NBA games and has undeniably surpassed all past track records of any undrafted player before him.

Through thirteen games, the initial offensive spark has ignited into an entire flame for the Heat, averaging 17.3 points on a shooting clip of 48/39/84. He’s doing all he can to prove he’s much more than some early season mirage, now with six games of 20 points or more under his belt. Of course, that’s not including his preseason scoring explosion of 40 points against the Rockets on October 18. In review:

  • His 112 points through his first five games were the most by an undrafted rookie in NBA history, and he’s the first undrafted player to total 100 points at all.
  • Nunn (112) scored the third most points by a rookie in NBA history, trailing just Jerry Stackhouse (124 in 1995-96) and Kevin Durant (113 in 2007-08).
  • The 24 year old is the first undrafted rookie since the first NBA draft in 1947 to score 25+ points in two of his team’s first 10 games of a season.
  • Amassing 112 total points, Nunn scored more than any player in their first five games with the Heat — including LeBron James (102) and Dwyane Wade (57).

Alas, the hits just keep on coming for this budding basketball artist. He dazzles with the ball in his hands and the big league crowd cheering him on. In terms of the grand stage he now performs on, it’s an elevated one from the hardwood he hit in Santa Cruz last season, but his success is impressively similar enough. He averaged 19.3 points for the Warriors in his first pro season, a precursor to his most recent production.

Nunn has risen up as one of the top youngsters in the game, but his path couldn’t vary more from most of his fellow rookies who are topping the charts alongside him. The guard failed to receive an invite to the NBA Draft Combine back in 2018, thus not given the opportunity to match up against fellow NBA hopefuls at similar points in their careers. Instead, he attended the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, attended more free agent workouts than one can count, and turned up with Golden State at NBA Summer League. Unfortunately, instead of a chance to get comfortable with a team he could make a home with, Nunn was among those betting on his talent and using his time in Las Vegas as an audition with no guarantees for the future.

It’s safe to say that bet has paid off, and Nunn’s future looks brighter than ever before. Perhaps the Heat were watching back then, because his time is now in Miami.

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