Kris Dunn
Kris Dunn
24-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.
Poor run continues
GChicago Bulls
January 18, 2019
Dunn was limited to six points (3-8 FG), three assists and one rebound across 30 minutes Thursday in the Bulls' 135-105 loss to the Nuggets.
Dunn has been dreadful of late for the reeling Bulls, averaging just 7.0 points while shooting 31.4 percent from the floor over the past four games. That rough stretch gives Dunn some buy-low potential at the moment, but even at his peak this season, the point guard has offered most of his impact in the steals, assists and rebounds categories rather than as a scorer. Now two and a half seasons into his career, Dunn has demonstrated little improvement as an outside shooter, with his 33.3 percent mark from three-point range in 2018-19 actually representing a personal best.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Fouls out with 10 points
GChicago Bulls
January 13, 2019
Dunn produced 10 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots across 30 minutes in Saturday's 110-102 loss to the Jazz,
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Poor shooting night in loss
GChicago Bulls
January 12, 2019
Dunn finished with six points (2-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists and two steals across 25 minutes in the Bulls' 146-109 loss to the Warriors on Friday.
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Well-balanced effort in loss
GChicago Bulls
January 10, 2019
Dunn provided 15 points (7-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt), seven assists, five rebounds and two steals across 30 minutes in the Bulls' 124-112 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
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Solid showing across the board
GChicago Bulls
January 6, 2019
Dunn put up 16 points (8-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and collected four rebounds along with seven assists and two steals across 34 minutes Sunday against Brooklyn.
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Career-high 17 dimes in loss
GChicago Bulls
January 4, 2019
Dunn delivered 16 points (6-9 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 17 assists, and five rebounds in 40 minutes during Friday's 119-116 overtime loss to the Pacers.
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