Kris Dunn, the Providence senior, is hoping to drop No. 5 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the upcoming NBA Draft, according to a source close to the highly touted point guard.
Even though Chad Ford’s latest mock draft has the 22-year-old going No. 3 to the Celtics, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported last month that Dunn’s agent wanted to sway clear of the Phoenix Suns (fourth pick) and Boston (third pick). “They can’t stop them from drafting Dunn, but will those teams do it without his medical records, without a personal workout, without an interview with him? Because I’m told Boston and Phoenix will likely have to do that with Dunn.”
Kris Dunn not keen on Suns, Celtics
According to the Yahoo report, Dunn isn’t willing to play second fiddle to either Eric Bledsoe (Suns) or Isiah Thomas (Celtics) and would prefer a situation where there’s a need for a floor general. On Friday, John Gambadoro tweeted that Dunn would prefer going to Minnesota. “Hearing Providence point guard Kris Dunn wants to go to Minnesota, will not work out for Phoenix or share medical records.”
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Dunn and Timberwolves could be a great match. Today’s Fast Break argues that Dunn could potentially take Ricky Rubio’s place as the new Wolves PG. “It seems that Dunn would prefer to compete against Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves already boast a roster young talent, with 2015 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins and 2016 Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns on roster. Dunn would be part of a rising core of young talent in Minnesota.”
Best defender in the draft class…
Dunn is arguably the best defender among all guards in the 2016 draft class. Minnesota’s new coach, Tom Thibodeau, is the most defensive-minded coach in the league and would welcome the addition of Dunn. In 2014, Dunn was named the Big East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
If Minnesota were to draft Dunn, they could explore the possibility of trading either Rubio or Zach LaVine. Chad Ford’s latest mock draft has Minnesota drafting Kentucky’s Jamaal Murray, who would also be a welcome addition to a team desperate for perimeter shooting. Both Kris Dunn and Murray bring unique skillsets but the former is more NBA-ready and likely to be a starter from the onset.