Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn was asked his thoughts about who should be Rookie of the Year and he opted not to go with the cliched athlete route of feigned diplomacy. Instead he said it should be himself and not, say, perceived front-runner Ja Morant.
"I think people will say that [Morant] is Rookie of the Year, but I don't believe it," Nunn said to the South Florida Sentinel's Ira Winderman. "The most value should be in the wins. And we're both starting guards on teams, and our team has been holding it down. We're a playoff team, so go ahead and give that Rookie of the Year to Kendrick Nunn."
We're all for stating how you actually feel, but it seems worth noting that Memphis (a.k.a. Morant's team) would be the eight-seed in the West if the season: A.) Still existed, and B.) Ended today. Memphis is 32-33. Also probably worth noting is that Miami would be the four-seed in the East. They're indefinitely 41-24.
For even more context, Nunn said that he hadn't necessarily been keeping up with the stats of his fellow productive rookies, like Morant and Zion Williamson. "I really wasn't watching," he added. "I really wasn't watching their numbers or anything like that. I'm just watching them in the game, and see how they're playing and just trying to scout 'em, getting ready to play 'em."
In response to these comments, Morant posted this GIF above a quote-tweet:
And, a few minutes later, this other GIF above a quote-tweet:
On the year, Nunn has averages of 15.6 PPG, 3.4 APG, and 2.7 RPG. He's shooting 36.2 percent from three, and 44.8 percent overall. As for Morant, his numbers break down to 17.6 PPG, 6.9 APG, and 3.5 RPG. He's hit 36.7 percent of his threes, and 49.1 percent from the field. Make of that what you will.
It seems like another month of games could help bring a resolution to this but, you know.