After having the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and using that to select eventual Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves had the fifth pick in this year’s draft. And with that pick new President of Basketball Operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau went with former Providence point guard Kris Dunn.
What Do the Timberwolves Have in Kris Dunn
This is an interesting pick for the Timberwolves on multiple levels. While Dunn, who was one of the top defensive guards in the country last season, has the physical tools and athleticism to fit what his new coach values on that end of the floor, he joins a roster that currently has both Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine on the roster.
But with there being reports that Thibodeau was hard at work to make a deal with the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler, the question now is if something can be done and if so who moves on.
Dunn’s career got off to a tough start due to injuries, with a torn labrum in his shoulder leading to a medical redshirt as a true freshman and he missed a good portion of his redshirt freshman campaign as well. But once healthy the New London, Connecticut native took off, winning a share of Big East Player of the Year in 2014-15 and earning the award again n 2015-16. As a redshirt junior he averaged 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game, earning Consensus All-America honors as well.
Dunn can be a handful on both ends of the floor, but he can be a bit of a gambler at times too. Absent-minded passes, and careless reaches for steals are things he’ll have to get under control at the next level, but all the tools are there for him to have an impact for many years to come.
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