The Wolves drafted Kris Dunn with the 5th overall pick, and confusion ensues. What does it mean? It was a surprising pick for the Wolves, given the fact that they have 5th year veteran Ricky Rubio, 3rd year point guard/ shooting guard Zach Lavine, as well as last years 2nd round pick, Tyus Jones. Most mock drafts had the Wolves taking Buddy Hield, but to their surprise Kris Dunn was still available, and they took him.
So what does it mean? Will the Timberwolves trade Ricky Rubio? It is common knowledge that Ricky Rubio hasn’t been happy in Minnesota; just recently he was quoted as saying that he wanted to be somewhere where he could win a championship. Which i took as a dig at the franchise and their lack of success for the last 10+ years.
I think these comments are enough for the team to want to trade him. A guy who doesn’t want to be there is bad for moral. Not only that, but Rubio just doesn’t offer enough at the point guard position. He’s a great passer, and he is always in the top 5 in steals per game, but that’s about where it ends.
Coming into the league there were concerns about his shooting ability. Over the years he has tried to perfect his form, and his shot, but to no avail. He is still one of the worst shooters in the league, which for a team like the Wolves, just won’t work.
Many thought Buddy Hield was the right pick for the Wolves because of their lack of 3 point shooters, but apparently the Wolves aren’t concerned. With scorers like Wiggins, Towns, Lavine, and Shabazz i can understand the lack of concern.
Kris Dunn isn’t necessarily a 3 point shooter either, but he offers more than Rubio does. Dunn has the ability to be an elite defender in the league, reminiscent to ‘The Glove’ Gary Payton. In his 4 years at Providence, Kris Dunn was a two-time Big East Conference player of the year, and defensive player of the year.
Another thing the Wolves will value in Dunn is his toughness, something that is very important for the guy running the show. Toughness is a great quality of leadership which is a necessity for your point guard, which is something i just haven’t seen from Rubio.
Dunn is 6’4 with a 6’10 wingspan, having the length and the lateral quickness to guard nearly anyone in the league. Not mention the fact that Kris Dunn is the only Providence player to register at least 1,000 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds, and 200 steals. Quite an impressive feat.
In his last year with Providence he averaged 16.4 ppg, 6.2 apg, 5.3 rpg, and 2.5 spg, showing just how complete his game is. He also developed a 3 point shot, shooting 37% from behind the arch, the best in his career.
Kris Dunn brings a very valued skill set to the table, one that Coach Thibs will surely take advantage of. I would be shocked if the Timberwolves don’t trade Ricky Rubio moving forward. It will be their final move in ridding their losing mentality, and moving forward toward a bright future.