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Newest Rocket Nunnally Ready To Prove He Belongs

28-year old opted for 10-day contract over more lucrative overseas offers

January 16, 2019 - 6:57 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- As James Nunnally sat in front of his locker getting ready to take questions from reporters for the first time as a Rocket there was an interruption. Before the proceedings could begin, Austin Rivers needed to introduce himself. On Wednesday, the Rockets signed Nunnally to a 10-day contract, and after bouncing around the globe, he's ready to prove he belongs in the NBA.

"I feel like I belong here in the NBA, and I'm going to get my chance right now."

Nunnally's professional career started in Greece after a four year run at UC Santa Barbara. After spending time in the D League, he played in a total of 13 games with the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers in 2014. He then spent time in Spain, Israel, Italy, and Turkey before starting this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was waived January 7 after averaging 2.1 points over 13 games.

"I didn't like how things ended in Minnesota. I didn't feel like I was given an opportunity to prove myself to get playing time, so I'm going to prove that here."

Nunnally's agent, Bill Neff, said his client had lucrative offers to return to Europe, but he decided to pass and stay in the States.

"Anything can happen," Nunnally said. "I wanted to give (the NBA) another shot."

Before Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said the Rockets were drawn to Nunnally's 3-point shooting, and while he didn't get a lot of shots, he did manage to shoot 38 percent from long distance, and he knocked down 50.6 percent of his threes the last two seasons while playing for Fenerbahce in Turkey, and when asked what part of his game he's proud of most he said his shooting. 

"That's what I'm here for, and that's what I'm going to do, and that's what I'm going to be bringing to the table."