Miami Heat Teammates Campaign Kendrick Nunn Over Ja Morant for Rookie of the Year

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Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn recently declared that he should be this season’s Rookie of the Year.

While presumptive winner Ja Morant poked fun at Nunn for his assertion, Heat forwards Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr. stood in solidarity to show their teammate support on social media.


Derrick Jones Jr. and Kendrick Nunn

Nunn, 24, has been one of the best stories of Miami’s season.

The Heat signed the undrafted pro on the last day of the 2018-19 regular season. Since then, he has ascended and impressed his way through the Heat ranks to become the team’s starting point guard.

Morant, on the other hand, has been in limelight since the beginning of the year. The Memphis Grizzlies selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The 20-year-old is averaging 17.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game this season. While the Grizzlies are currently the eight seed in the Western Conference, they have a subpar 32-33 record.

As for the Heat, they are having a strong campaign. Nunn is putting up 15.6 points, 3.4 assists and 2.7 points per game this season. The 6-foot-2 bull dog is the team’s fourth-highest scorer.

There is no official timetable for when the NBA will resume the 2019-20 season.

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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.