Dwyane Wade on Miami Heat Guard Kendrick Nunn: ‘I Like That Kid a Lot’

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Dwyane Wade likely sees a mirror image of himself in Kendrick Nunn, who stands 6-foot-3, but is a feisty defender and scoring machine, at least from what he’s shown this summer.

When asked on Twitter if he would mentor Nunn, Wade simply expressed admiration for his fellow Chicagoan.

After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat signed Nunn to a contract on the last day of the 2018-19 regular season. He previously played in the G League with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Nunn said. “To be honest with you, I knew it was going to happen. I was just being patient and sticking to the grind. I’m just blessed to have the opportunity, and everything is coming together for me.”

Nunn didn’t play for Miami until the Summer League, and he didn’t disappoint. In six games, Nunn averaged 22.0 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game and was named to the 2019 NBA Summer League First Team.

He now has a guaranteed roster spot on the Heat, but Nunn will have to compete for a regular rotation spot when training camp opens next month.

“Not at all,” Nunn said about expecting a part-time role with the Heat. “I could’ve taken some two-ways (from other teams), but I belong in the NBA. I know what I bring to the game. I want to contribute to this team. My game translates perfectly. Everyone knows that I like to compete. I want to show that every night.”

If his Summer League play is any indication, Heat fans should expect to see much more of Nunn when the regular season begins.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.