Nunn fits right in with Wizards in impressive debut initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Most gamers take time, at the very least a couple of days, to get acclimated to their new crew as soon as a commerce will get finalized. For Kendrick Nunn, who the Wizards acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers simply over 48 hours earlier than his Washington debut, that grace interval was nonexistent.
The 27-year-old guard noticed 22 minutes of motion in his Wizards debut – a pointy enhance from the 13-some minutes he averaged in Los Angeles previous to the commerce – and made probably the most of them. He put up 12 factors, knocked down 5-of-9 subject purpose makes an attempt, and snagged 4 rebounds and 4 assists for a +7.
“I simply wished to come back in and affect profitable,” Nunn stated postgame. “Play arduous, be aggressive, be myself and simply affect profitable. That’s all I did in the present day.”
With start line guard Monte Morris out, Delon Wright bought the beginning for Washington with Nunn getting into the sport early within the second quarter. His first shot was pure, hitting a pull-up midrange jumper minutes after subbing in. However the third quarter was the place Nunn bought to exhibit what he can when on the ground.
As Washington started to mount their comeback behind a 29-point second-half effort by Kyle Kuzma, Nunn did his half by placing down a vicious left-handed dunk over Rockets massive man Bruno Fernando. The very subsequent play, Nunn led a quick break and dished a nifty behind-the-back go to Kuzma who laid it in.
Nunn additionally contributed on protection as one in every of 4 Wizards who completed the night time with two or extra steals.
“I attempt to be constant on each ends of the ground,” Nunn stated. “Get into ‘em, use my quickness and pace in opposition to the defender – it labored out for me tonight.”
It is perhaps simple to overlook, given Nunn’s tenure with the Lakers by which he noticed profession lows in virtually every statistical category, what his ceiling is as an NBA participant. He averaged 15.0 factors per sport throughout his first two NBA seasons in Miami, adequate for All-Rookie First Staff.
“Plenty of work for that [dunk], I needed to get that again,” Nunn stated of overcoming accidents and adversity. “It was an extended course of too, as effectively. That’s only a testomony to my arduous work and self-discipline. It feels good to be wholesome and simply come out right here and play and have enjoyable.”