The Golden State Warriors only made one pick at the 2018 NBA Draft, when they selected Jacob Evans with the 28th overall pick. Unlike in years past, they opted against purchasing a second-round pick this year.
But they still added a second player. The dust had barely settled on the draft finishing, when the team finalized a partially guaranteed contract with undrafted free agent Kendrick Nunn.
Undrafted free agent Kendrick Nunn has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Golden State Warriors, per ESPN sources. Nunn was the NCAA’s second-leading scorer last season at Oakland.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 22, 2018
Nunn is a signing with a lot to like, and a lot to dislike.
First, the good: Nunn, a 6’3” point guard who’s built like a running back, is highly talented. He was a hot prospect out of Simeon Career Academy, the Chicago high school that Derrick Rose came from. Nunn then headed to the University of Illinois, where he was a strong player. As a junior in the 2015-16 season, he averaged 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 39.1% from deep.
After a year off (more to come on that), Nunn used his final year of eligibility at Oakland University in Michigan, where he averaged 25.9 points per game, which was the second-highest total in the nation, behind only Trae Young.
Going from Oakland University to the team in Oakland, California, was pretty cool to Nunn.
Oakland to Oakland— Kendrick Nunn (@k_nunnbetter) June 22, 2018
Now for the bad, which is . . . quite bad. Nunn took a year off from college ball after being dismissed by Illinois due to a domestic violence charge.
Nunn was accused of hitting a woman, as well as pushing her to the ground, and pouring water on her. He has maintained that all he did was pour water on her, while also admitting that that action is not acceptable.
At the advice of his attorney, Nunn agreed to a misdemeanor charge. After completing 100 hours of community service, a 26-week partner abuse prevention program, 18 months of court supervision, and a letter of apology, Nunn was able to avoid having a conviction on his record.
The linked piece above has a lot of information about Nunn and the case, should you wish to do some reading and form your own opinions.
Either way, the Warriors made a signing, and there’s a lot to like on the court, and a lot to dislike off it.