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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kris Dunn Actually Had a Good Rookie Season

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          How can Kris Dunn had a good season with the Timberwolves if statistically he is not even a good player? Dunn's average are 3.8 PPG, 2.4 APG, 2.1 RPG, .5 BPG, 1.0 SPG at 17.1 MPG which resulted into an 8.13 Player Efficiency Rating. Thibs drafted him because he thought to be the replacement of Ricky Rubio this season in which he actually is not as of the moment. So what did Kris Dunn actually contributed to the team? and how is his season considered to be a good one?

His Defensive Contribution

          Although not shown statistically through steals and blocks, Kris Dunn is one of out best defenders in the the team in fact he is 2nd to Gorgui Dieng (Well he is 12th in the League in Defensive Points Saved) according to NBA Math. Still not good enough? He is ranked 3rd out of the 88 first year players when it comes to defensive contribution coming after Joel Embiid and Dorian Finney-Smith, which is first and second respectively. What he can't contribute in offense is made up with his defensive efforts in the court.

          Still not good enough? He is in the top 100 in the league that contributes mostly in defense (76th to be exact) in which players like Alex Len, Manu Ginobli, Clint Capela are ranked lower than him.

          So where does he go from here? Kris Dunn is 23 years old what he showed in the Summer League was not seen in the season, although he have good games in which he almost had a triple-double vs. Denver and his last game which he had a double-double with 16 assist against Houston, he need to be consistent not only in defense but also in offense. Having difficulties transitioning his A-game to the league he shot awfully having 37% FG percentage and 28.8% 3PT.

          Being a shutdown defender is there. What he needs to be a perfect starting point guard is to start improving his offensive skills this offseason. He might also want to take up some pointers with Ricky Rubio about improving his passing skills to have an offensive improvement overall. 

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