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Kendrick Nunn On His Role With The LA Lakers Next Season: "I Take Pride In Playing Defense"

Kendrick Nunn On His Role With The LA Lakers Next Season: "I Take Pride In Playing Defense"

Recently, Kendrick Nunn signed a 2-year $10M deal with the LA Lakers. The former Heat player is one of the most upcoming talents in the league. The 26-year old made his first NBA Finals appearance in the 2020 Orlando Bubble, which was also his rookie year.

As per reports, Nunn turned down more money to wear the purple and gold uniform.

L.A. would be appealing to anyone, honestly speaking. But just that chance to go out there and win a ring. A good chance, a great chance to win a ring. I wanted to be in that position again and also just to help my teammates and learn from them. I look at the roster around and I’m one of the younger guys, so I’m going to be a sponge to a lot of these guys in the locker room and just continue to grow and develop my game as well.

In his 2 seasons with the Miami Heat Nunn averaged, 15.0 PPG, 3.0 APG, and 0.9 SPG on a 45.8% shooting from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc.

Nunn showed us some signs of his potential during his rookie year with the Miami Heat. He scored 40-points against the Houston Rockets in the preseason finale, the highest score by a Heat player in a preseason game in the last 20 years.

The 26-year old was also the fastest first rookie to reach 500 points in franchise history. Nunn was also one of the few undrafted players to win multiple rookie of the month awards.

The point guard is eager to prove his worth to the Lakers organization, emphasizing his 2-way ability as a player.

“I’m real tenacious on the defensive end,” Nunn said at his introductory press conference. “I take pride in playing defense, so that’s something I pride myself on and do very well.”

The Lakers have lost key defenders in KCP and Alex Caruso. Thus the addition of Nunn will definitely help the Lakers' defense. The point guard is also perhaps one of the few younger players on the Lakers roster. Thus playing under the guidance of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Russell Westbrook would be a golden opportunity for the 26-year old.