With the 5th overall pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Kris Dunn, the point guard out of Providence. Dunn was a four-year starter for the Friars and was named Big East Player of the Year during his junior and senior seasons.
This past season, Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game. Below is some of the positives of Dunn's game according to Draft Express.
Dunn's athletic profile serves as the catalyst for much of his game, including in transition, which makes up just over 25 percent of his possessions, according to Synergy Sports Technology, despite the fact that Providence head coach Ed Cooley hasn't historically been known as an up-tempo coach. Dunn's elite ability to force turnovers – he averaged 3 steals per 40 minutes, pace adjusted, the top figure in our top-100 database – certainly helps in this regard. Dunn has elite quickness with the ball in his hands and an incredible burst, and he's relentless in attempting to use this to his advantage in the open court.
Another area where Dunn really uses his quickness to his advantage is off pick and rolls. Dunn changes gears very well, expertly lulling defenders to sleep with a couple of lazy dribbles before changing gears, and direction, and exploding to the hoop in a manner that's tough for defenders to stay in front of. Dunn complements this ability to attack the basketball off of pick and rolls with an ability to shoot off the dribble, and has excellent elevation on his jump shot, which allows him to get a clean look despite tight defensive pressure.
And a few negatives:
Dunn shot a career-best 37.2 percent from three-point range on the season, making just over one per contest, and shot 33 percent on jump shots off the dribble, a better-than-average rate. Still, watch Dunn play and the results are wildly inconsistent. At times, he'll make shots that fall effortlessly through the hoop; at other times, he'll miss, wildly, to the left or right, shooting airballs that make you wonder how much progress he's actually made on his shot. In terms of form, there's still quite a bit of extra motion in his shot, and his balance is questionable at times as well, with the plant, angle of jump, and landing seemingly changing from shot to shot, even when not under duress.
Dunn's other main area of concern is his propensity to turn the ball over. The optimist would say he lowered his turnovers from 4.8 turnovers per 40 minutes, pace adjusted, to 4.2. The pessimist would say that's still the worst number, by far, of any point guard projected to be drafted in our latest mock draft. The reasons for Dunn's turnovers are varied, from wild forays to the hoop, to an at-times loose dribble ripe for being stripped, to flat out poor decision making.
However, rumor has it the Wolves are more likely to trade him than keep him. That is, until Woj dropped this bomb:
Minnesota has been shopping Ricky Rubio throughout the week. His future in Minnesota is likely coming to an end.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 24, 2016
Alright, let's see what's going to happen. Either Rubio or Dunn is likely getting dealt according to rumors. Buckle up Wolves' fans.