Nunn suits proper in with Wizards in spectacular debut initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Most gamers take time, at the very least just a few days, to get acclimated to their new group as soon as a commerce will get finalized. For Kendrick Nunn, who the Wizards acquired in a commerce with the Los Angeles Lakers simply over 48 hours earlier than his Washington debut, that grace interval was nonexistent.
Nunn was inactive for his first sport as a Wizard in Tuesday’s win over Dallas. On Wednesday, although, Nunn helped catalyze a 19-point comeback over the Houston Rockets.
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 essentially the most of them. He put up 12 factors, knocked down 5-of-9 subject aim makes an attempt, and snagged 4 rebounds and 4 assists for a +7.
“I simply wished to return in and influence profitable,” Nunn stated postgame. “Play laborious, be aggressive, be myself and simply influence profitable. That’s all I did at this time.”
With start line guard Monte Morris out, Delon Wright acquired 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. But the third quarter was the place Nunn acquired to reveal 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 move to Kuzma who laid it in.
Nunn additionally contributed on protection as considered one 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 velocity in opposition to the defender – it labored out for me tonight.”
It is perhaps simple to overlook, given Nunn’s tenure with the Lakers wherein he noticed profession lows in nearly each statistical class, 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 Team.
“A whole lot 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 nicely. That’s only a testomony to my laborious work and self-discipline. It feels good to be wholesome and simply come out right here and play and have enjoyable.”