There was no shortage of solid players in the 2019-20 rookie class. Numerous individuals were able to influence their respective teams in their first NBA season. When all was said and done, Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies took home the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Miami Heat's uncovered rookie Kendrick Nunn finished second in the hardware vote. He recently spoke to Alex Kennedy at BasketballNews.com and said that he thought he deserved last season's NBA Rookie of the Year award because his situation is so unique.
"I should have won. I mean, if you think about it, [when did we see] someone who was under the radar and who no one knew and then wins several Rookie of the Month and has a season like this? It's really rare for an uncovered player to perform like this and have the kind of season I've had. Of course, a lottery – the # 1 or # 2 or # 3 – is expected to win this award. I feel like me should have won just because I shocked the world. "
When it comes to exceeding expectations, there is no question that Nunn led the charges. It is an accomplishment in itself to stay naughty and even be considered one of the best newcomers in your class. Nunn ended his first NBA season averaging 15.3 points and 3.3 assists per game. Morant, who won the award over himself, averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per competition as a rookie.