|Full Name:||Kendrick Nunn|
|Parents:||Melvin Nunn, Jr. and Kimberly Harris|
Kendrick Nunn is an American basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat. Nunn was born on August 3, 1995, in Chicago. He plays as both a point guard and shooting guard for the Heat and has quickly become one of the team’s best players and important building blocks for the future. In a short time, Nunn has established himself as a capable shooter, an accurate passer, and a strong defender, making him a multi-dimensional player and a star in the making.
Nunn played college basketball for three seasons at Illinois before transferring to mid-major Oakland for his final year of eligibility. After going undrafted in 2018, Nunn spent his entire rookie season in the G League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. In the spring of 2019, he signed with the Heat and got his first chance in the NBA. During the first full month of the 2019-20 season, Nunn won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, jumpstarting a meteoric rise. He soon became the first undrafted player to win Rookie of the Month honors multiple times. At the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, Nunn was invited to participate in the Rising Stars Game.
Kendrick Nunn grew up in Chicago and attended Simeon Career Academy, a vocational high school with a prestigious basketball history. During his four years of high school, Nunn helped Simeon win four Class 4A state championships. Nunn was teammates with NBA player Jabari Parker with both players having their jerseys retired during their senior season.
Nunn began receiving scholarship offers as early as his freshman season of high school. He initially made a verbal commitment to Texas A&M but quickly took it back. Nunn eventually committed to play at Illinois under head coach John Groce. As a freshman, he played in all 35 of his team’s games, becoming a starter in February. Despite averaging just 6.2 points per game over the season, Nunn’s strong finish to the season earned him a spot on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
Nunn had a more prominent role with the Fighting Illini during his sophomore and junior seasons. He averaged 11.1 points per game as a sophomore and 15.5 points per game as a junior. However, Illinois failed to reach the NCAA Tournament either season. After his junior season, Nunn was dismissed from Illinois after his junior season after he was arrested and pled guilty to misdemeanor battery.
Soon after being dismissed from Illinois, Nunn transferred to Oakland University in Michigan. He was forced to sit out the 2016-17 season per NCAA transfer rules. However, he became an immediate star for the Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season, averaging 25.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. He led the country in three-point shots made and was second to Oklahoma’s Trae Young in scoring. Nunn was also named Horizon League Player of the Year.
Despite a standout senior season at Oakland, Nunn was not selected in the 2018 NBA Draft. He signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors, who ultimately released him and sent him to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League. Despite starting just one of 49 games he played for Santa Cruz, Nunn excelled in the G League, averaging 19.3 points per game.
After a strong performance in the G League, Nunn signed a three-year, $3 million contract with the Miami Heat. He continued to make a positive impression during summer league and preseason games, earning him a spot on Miami’s roster and the starting lineup for the season opener of the 2019-20 season. Prior to the season being suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, Nunn started all 62 of Miami’s games, averaging 15.6 points per game. He was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month three times and invited to play in the Rising Stars Game during the All-Star Break.
As a young player who went undrafted, Kendrick Nunn is yet to make much money from his NBA salary. His salary for the 2019-20 season was just $1.4 million with an expected salary of $1.6 million for the 2020-21 season. The Heat also hold a $2.1 qualifying offer for the 2021-22 season. However, it’s possible that Nunn will receive a lucrative extension in the near future. Meanwhile, Nunn has a shoe deal with Puma and is likely to sign more endorsement deals in the future.
Kendrick Nunn signed a three-year, $3 million deal with the Miami Heat in 2019.
Kendrick Nunn is the son of Melvin Nunn, Jr. and Kimberly Harris. His father played college basketball at Casper College and Wayne State and had a pro career in New Zealand. He has two sisters, Kendyl Nunn and Sarafina Benson. Kendyl played college basketball for the University of Illinois Chicago and St. John’s. Nunn has a two-year-old son named Kyren Nunn, although the identity of the boy’s mother is unclear.