Who will win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award? That is the big question, and there are certainly several worthy candidates. Miami Heat point guard Kendrick Nunn believes he should bring home the honors to South Beach. Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant disagrees.
Nunn averaged 15.6 points per contest this season. Morant averaged 17.6 points per game on the year. Although points per contest is not the only metric in which to measure things by, it does illustrate how explosive these two were offensively.
Nunn also was experiencing a swing post All-Star Break. He was averaging 17.1 points per contest in 11 games.
.Morant absolutely exploded onto the scene for Memphis. He started off his career strong, averaging 17.5 points in the month of October. His best month was in November when he averaged 19 points in 13 games played. He too was on a bit of an uptick following the All-Star Break. He was averaging 17.7 points over the course of 11 games.
Kendrick Nunn believes he should win ROY over Ja Morant but Ja doesn't agree 👀 pic.twitter.com/pCBTVz6l9x
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Nunn was a sparkplug for Miami Heat
There is little doubt that Nunn brought electricity as soon as he took the floor. One of his best games of the season came on February 9 against Washington. He scored a season-high 27 points on nine-of-17 shooting. Totaling 35 minutes of work, he recorded 10 rebounds and 10 assists. It was his first triple-double of his career.
I tend to agree with Nunn here. He has had major contributions on a playoff team. Morant and the Grizzlies will get there, just not right now.
Either way, this debate lends credence to the fact that there were so many talented rookies in the NBA this year. The fact that Miami had two of them is a credit to Pat Riley and Erik Spolstra. Kudos to Riley for taking chances on both of them and a tip of the cap to Spolstera for putting the rookies in positions to succeed.