Fran Blinebury of NBA.com listed his five front runners for Kia Rookie of the Year honors. To little surprise, Wolves rookie point guard Kris Dunn made the cut.
Kris Dunn, Minnesota Timberwolves: Could it be back-to-back Rookie of the Year winners for the Timberwolves after Karl-Anthony Towns was a unanimous pick last season and Andrew Wiggins won in 2014-15? The first thing that has to be settled is Dunn's place on the Timberwolves roster and whether he'll come off the bench behind Ricky Rubio or play some in the same backcourt. Minnesota was rumored to be trying to move Rubio on draft night ahead of making Dunn the No. 5 pick and there's no reason to think they'll stop trying. Dunn is a pure, solid point guard with a crossover dribble that breaks ankles, a killer attitude in attacking the lane and can get all the way to the rim. He's also an excellent passer who knows how to run a team. It's a bit scary to think what he'll be able to do in couple of years while running with Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine. Dunn's ferocity is a perfect match with coach Tom Thibodeau and if the Wolves turn the offense over to him right, he could have a shot in the race.
Correction: it would be back-to-back-to-back ROY winners. I’ll let it slide though.
My challenge to Canis Hoopus readers: If you had to expand the list to ten, who are the next five rookies you would pick? Let us know in the comments.
What else is going on in Wolvesdom?
Jace Frederick of the Pioneer Press caught up with Wolves’ assistant coach Ryan Saunders at the YMCA in Eau Claire on Wednesday morning. Saunders had a funny little jab at Shabazz Muhammad during the event, which is part of the team’s summer caravan, writes Frederick.
Sounds like Karl-Anthony Towns also has something exciting in store. Check out his teaser post on Instagram...
Any guesses on what this “something special” might be? Could it be the new SLAM cover? A sweet new basketball commercial featuring KAT? Something else? I’m obviously intrigued.
Basketball in Rio
Here’s the schedule for today’s men’s basketball quarterfinals in Rio (CT).
9:00 AM — AUS v LTU
12:30 PM — ESP v FRA
4:45 PM — USA v ARG
8:15 PM — CRO v SRB
On the other side, Maya Moore scored 19 points last night as the U.S. women’s basketball team dominated Japan, 110-64, to move to the semifinals against France tomorrow at 5:00 PM (CT). Unfortunately they might have to play without Sue Bird—she felt a pop in her right knee and left yesterday’s game.
Spoke w @S10Bird after the game. "Turned & felt pop in my knee. Trying not to get too high or too low. Will get tests tmrw & we'll see."— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) August 17, 2016
Zach LaVine played in the 2016 Seattle Pro Am All-Star game. Chances are you have already seen the video of him breaking that one guys ankles.
The video below popped up on my “recommended videos for you” on YouTube. It’s a flashback to KG’s MVP season. You know me so well, YouTube. Garnett’s impressions of Sam Cassell are hilarious.
Today’s musical guest is Leon Bridges with his track “River.” Cheers to another Wednesday.