Realistic Expectations for Minnesota Timberwolves Rookie Kris Dunn in 2016-17

July 18th, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Patience and perseverance pushed Kris Dunn into the 2016 NBA draft lottery. Elite physical tools, mental toughness and some Tom Thibodeau-approved defensive nasty made him the No. 5 pick and the latest piece of the Minnesota Timberwolves' highly intriguing puzzle.

"We think Kris is a great fit for us," Thibodeau, Minnesota's head coach and president of basketball operations, said, per Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune. "We didn't know how it was going to unfold. There were going to be some good options for us. We thought this was the best one."

Dunn could have been a first-round pick last summer. Given the hardships he endured growing up and his shoulder problems in college, turning down an NBA paycheck couldn't have been easy.

But he returned to Providence for his redshirt junior year to fine-tune strengths and overcome his weaknesses. The final result was a second-team AP All-American campaign and the best resume for any backcourt player in this rookie class.

His minutes decreased from 34.0 per game to 33.0, but his scoring average still jumped by nearly a full point (15.6 to 16.4). He improved hi ...

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