Kris Dunn
Kris Dunn
25-Year-Old GuardG
Chicago Bulls
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The fifth overall pick in 2016, Dunn finally got a chance to showcase his talents last season -- his first year in Chicago -- though a toe injury and a concussion resulting from a scary fall limited him to 52 games. The Providence product started 43 games, averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals in that role. Dunn already appears to be a lock as a solid passer and high-level defender, but questions still remain about his shooting ability. He shot only 28.8 percent from deep and 61.0 percent from the line during his rookie year, though managed to get those percentages up to 32.1 and 73.0, respectively. Another year of improvement could mean a breakout year, while a plateau season could begin to raise long-term concerns. Dunn’s Fantasy stock is largely dependent on how one feels about his potential as a shooter, though it’s hard to ignore his significant role within the Bulls’ gameplan, especially in points formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.91 million contract with the Timberwolves in July of 2016. Traded to the Bulls in June of 2017. Bulls exercised $4.05 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Bulls exercised $5.35 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Lackluster return to lineup
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February 28, 2019
Dunn (head) provided nine points (3-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 31 minutes Wednesday in the Bulls' 109-107 win over the Grizzlies.
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After sitting out Monday's loss to the Bucks with a migraine, Dunn stepped back into a starting role and played his normal allotment of minutes but once again underwhelmed outside of the defensive categories. The 24-year-old has now been held under 10 points in each of his last five games, which hasn't exactly helped his case for sticking around as the Bulls' starting point guard beyond this season. Barring a dramatic turnaround from Dunn over the final month and a half of the campaign, the Bulls may look to free agency, trade or the draft this summer for an upgrade at the position.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
Dunn was selected by the Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, but largely struggled during his rookie season and was unable to work his way up the team's point guard depth chart. He ended up averaging just 17.1 minutes per game, which translated to 3.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steal. The 23-year-old point guard shot 37.7 percent from the field and a brutal 28.8 percent from the three-point line, giving him plenty of things to work on moving forward. The good news for Dunn is that he's heading into a much more manageable situation in regards to earning playing time. Dunn was traded to the Bulls along with Zach LaVine in exchange for superstar Jimmy Butler in the offseason. With Chicago, Dunn will get as many opportunities as possible to earn a role as the team's starting point guard. He'll have to fend off the likes of Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne, but his status as a recent early-round draft pick and the fact that he was one of the key returns in the Butler trade indicates the Bulls are hoping he's their point guard of the future. While Dunn certainly needs to improve his shot, the added opportunity in Chicago and potential for a starter's workload should give him plenty of chances to put together a career-year in just his second NBA season.
When Minnesota selected Dunn fifth overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, the intimation was that the team would have to move Ricky Rubio to clear the way at point guard. However, the Wolves appear intent on keeping both players for now, despite their overlapping skill sets as strong passers and defenders but relatively weak jump shooters. While Dunn projects as Minnesota’s point guard of the future, he’ll likely open the season as a combo guard coming off the bench behind Rubio and Zach LaVine. The 22-year-old is among the most NBA-ready prospects in the 2016 class and should be set for a significant role from Day 1 -- the question is just how significant it will be. The Timberwolves ranked dead last in made three-pointers last season, so the idea of pairing Dunn and Rubio on the court together doesn’t make much sense. The team isn’t exactly flush with depth at either guard spot, however, so Dunn’s length should allow him to defend up to three positions. The two-time Big East Player of the Year averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as a senior at Providence and could turn into a strong all-category contributor at his peak. Ideally, he’ll improve from the stripe (career 69.3% in college) and beyond the arc (career 35.4%) as his career progresses. From a fantasy perspective, Dunn should be a highly sought-after commodity in dynasty formats, but the presence of Rubio relegates him to later-round status in most single-season leagues. However, if Rubio were to be traded or suffer an injury, Dunn’s value would rise significantly.
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Will play and start Wednesday
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February 27, 2019
Dunn (head) will play and start in Wednesday's contest against Memphis, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Expected back Wednesday
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February 27, 2019
Dunn (head) went through shootaround and is listed as probable heading into Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Not practicing Tuesday
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February 26, 2019
Dunn (migraine) did not participate in Tuesday's practice and is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Out Monday
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February 25, 2019
Dunn (migraine) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Bucks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Unlikely to play Monday
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February 25, 2019
Dunn (migraine) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Bucks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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