4. It’s all Nunn and games on Beale Street
In their final scrimmage game against the Miami Heat, Ja Morant stepped up, recorded a double-double in points and assists, and solidified his stake for being the league’s 2020 Rookie of the Year. However, there is one person who might have an issue with that: Miami’s own Kendrick Nunn.
Back in August, Nunn said that he deserves to be Rookie of the Year (a dangerous statement considering he shares the court with rookie standout Tyler Herro), due–and he gave no other reason than this–to the Miami Heat having more wins than the Grizzlies. Now, there are a ton of different response (team success isn’t just predicated on your performance, the East is easier to win in than the West, etc.), but that’s not the point of this story.
Earlier in the “Bubble Era”, Nunn was seen wearing a custom Rookie of the Year shirt, once again announcing himself to be the ROY. While this may have been cringeworthy enough, the Grizzlies decided to have a little fun at his expense after their win:
Nunn’s numbers don’t really add up to Morant’s, and the feeling across the national media landscape is that this award is Morant’s to lose.