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Kendrick Nunn finishes second in NBA Rookie of the Year voting

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Memphis’ Ja Morant was expected to win it all along, but the undrafted rookie finished strong.

NBA: Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn finished strong in the final voting results for the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year award, which went as expected to Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant.

While Morant finished with 99 first-place votes out of a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 498 total points, Nunn beat out widely-heralded No. 1 Zion Williamson with 204 points. Though he didn’t get any first place votes, he grabbed 56 second-place votes and 36 third-place votes. Williamson did get one first-place vote in an injury-plagued first year, but only totaled 140 points.

Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. The voting was conducted based on regular-season games played through March 11 and not based on games played within the Walt Disney World Resort bubble in Orlando.

Nunn was the first undrafted rookie in NBA history to win multiple Rookie of the Month awards and was the starter for the Heat in all games played before the regular season was halted in March. He was also the fastest Heat rookie to reach 500 points in the season during his 31st game, beating Dwyane Wade’s 32 games.

Here are the complete voting results provided by the NBA: