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Kendrick Nunn named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December

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Tyler Herro also named a nominee for the honor, while Nunn makes NBA history.

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Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn was named the Eastern Conference KIA NBA Rookie of the Month for the second time this season, becoming the first undrafted player in NBA history to get the honor on multiple occasions.

After being named East Rookie of the Month for October/November, Nunn averaged 15.5 points, 3.9 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 32.3 minutes in December. He shot 41.8 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the foul line in 15 games (all starts) while leading all rookies in points (233) and field goals made (92) while ranking second in assists (59), tied for second in three-point field goals made (28) and third in plus/minus (+49), according to the Heat.

Not only did he make NBA history in just the second full month of the season, Nunn also becomes the second Heat rookie to earn Rookie of the Month more than once, joining Caron Butler, who won it four times.

Tyler Herro was also named a nominee for the award along with Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr.

Additionally, the NBA also named Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo as nominees for the KIA NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month, which was won by Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Butler (431,483) is also currently ranked fourth and Adebayo (104,086) seventh among East frontcourt players in the first fan returns of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

Read on for more from the Heat’s press release on Nunn’s performance in December:

He scored his 500th point of the season on December 27, in his 31st game, becoming the fastest HEAT rookie to 500 points in franchise history, surpassing Dwyane Wade’s 32 games during the 2003-04 season. His 528 points through December are the second-most by an undrafted NBA player in the Common Draft Era (1966). Nunn scored a game and career-high 36 points vs. Atlanta on December 10 and combined with Duncan Robinson (34), Bam Adebayo (30) and Jimmy Butler (20) to total 120 points, the most by a foursome during a single-game in HEAT history. Additionally, he connected on his 69th made three-point field goal on December 30, already moving into fourth place on Miami’s all-time rookie list.

He led the team in scoring and assists twice each and in minutes and plus/minus once each. He recorded 13 double-figure scoring games, including the last 12 consecutive to end the month. Among rookie league leaders this season, he ranks second in scoring average, second in assists per game, third in minutes per game, seventh in steals per game, tied for seventh in free throw percentage, eighth in field goal percentage and 10th in three-point field goal percentage.