Kris Dunn
Kris Dunn
27-Year-Old GuardG
Memphis Grizzlies
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A nagging ankle injury prevented Dunn from playing all but four regular-season games and four playoff contests with the Hawks. This summer, after he triggered his contract player option, the Hawks traded Dunn to the Celtics, and he was subsequently dealt to the Grizzlies. In Memphis, Dunn joins a crowded backcourt, where he'll be battling for reserve minutes with De'Anthony Melton, Tyus Jones and Desmond Bane. It's possible Dunn isn't an every-game player for the Grizzlies, making him a tough player to draft even in deep fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4.77 million contract with the Hawks in November of 2020. Exercised $5.01 million player option for 2021-22 in July of 2021. Traded to the Celtics in July of 2021. Traded to the Grizzlies in September of 2021.
Personal Bio

Kristofer Michael Dunn was born in New London, Connecticut in 1994 to John and Audra Seldon. He went to New London High School and dominated for most of his career. In his junior year, Dunn averaged 26.5 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five steals en route to a 27-0 season that ended in a Connecticut State L Championship. As a senior, the guard averaged 33.3 points and 9.8 boards but fell short in the state title game. Dunn participated in both the 2012 McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic contests. As the No. 24 nationally ranked player, he ended up taking his talents to Providence College. Dunn has worked with charities to help at-risk kids by purchasing items for and spending time with them. You can follow him on Twitter (@KrisDunn3).

College/International Summary

The first two seasons of Dunn's collegiate career at Providence were plagued by shoulder issues. He made his Friar debut in December of his freshman season after tearing his labrum during the summer. The 6-foot-4 guard still started 18 games and provided 5.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest. He played in just four games what would have been his sophomore season before re-injuring his shoulder. The rehab prior to the 2014-15 season seemed to work and Dunn started 65 games over the next two seasons. The point guard had 10 games of 20 or more points on his way to averaging 15.6 points. He also led the Big East with 7.5 assists and 2.7 steals. Dunn had seven games of at least 10 assists and had his first triple-double in January in a win over DePaul with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He had another triple-double as a senior in a win over Hartford and finished with averages of 16.4 points, 6.2 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals. The guard helped the Friars to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons as a starter and the Friars knocked out USC in the 2016 NCAA Tournament before falling against North Carolina (against whom Dunn scored 29 points). After his redshirt junior season, Dunn headed to the NBA.

Headed to Memphis
GMemphis Grizzlies
September 3, 2021
Dunn, along with Carsen Edwards and a 2026 second-round pick swap, was traded by the Celtics to the Grizzlies on Friday in exchange for Juancho Hernangomez, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Dunn spent nearly all of the 2020 season recovering from an ankle injury, as he only played in four total games. After getting traded to Boston roughly a month ago, the 27-year-old is now on his way to Memphis, where he joins a crowded Grizzlies backcourt. In his last full season, Dunn notched 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals in 24.9 minutes with the Bulls, but he'll likely struggle to hit that kind of workload this year.
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Dunn played in four regular-season games and five postseason games during his first year with the Hawks. The 27-year-old averaged 1.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 steals in 11.3 minutes per game. In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the 2016 No. 5 overall pick recorded six points, two assists and two rebounds across 11 minutes. During an April 28 contest against the Sixers, the 6-foot-3 guard notched five points, two rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes. Per 36 minutes, Dunn averaged 4.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks.

2019

Dunn made 51 appearances with the Bulls during the coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 season in which the Bulls played 65 total games. The defensive-minded guard averaged 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a career-best-matching 2.0 steals in 24.9 minutes per game, with 32 starts. Dunn shot a career-high 44.4 percent from the field, 25.9 percent from three and 74.1 percent from the free-throw line. Before the March sports stoppage, Dunn was fourth in the NBA in total steals (101), second in steals per game, first in steal percentage (3.8) and second in defensive box plus/minus (3.1). On Dec. 8 at Miami, Dunn scored a season-high 16 points to go with five boards and three steals. Arguably Dunn's best overall performance of the campaign occurred Jan. 8 against the Pelicans. In 31 minutes, Dunn posted 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt), seven assists, a career-best-matching five steals and four rebounds. Dunn accumulated 14 performances with double-digit points, 16 performances with at least five rebounds and 12 performances with at least five assists. He also had 20 games with at least three steals and 13 games with at least one block. In the 13 games that Dunn saw over 30 minutes, he averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.7 steals.

2018

Dunn's 2018-19 season, his second with the Bulls, saw him start 44 of 46 games, a career high. He also continued to improve his free-throw accuracy, shooting 80 percent from the line. That marked a nice improvement his 74 percent mark as a sophomore and a drastic improvement over the 61 percent he drained as a rookie. Dunn's three point accuracy improved to 35.4 percent and his 30.2 minutes per game were also a career high. In the process, he averaged double-digit points (11.3) and more than four assists (4.1) for the second straight season. He also remained a major asset on the defensive end, averaging 1.5 steals and half a block per game. Unfortunately, knee and back injuries limited Dunn's availability at both the start and end of the campaign. Early in the season, Dunn missed 24 games due to an MCL sprain, then a Mar. 22 back injury forced the point guard to miss the final eight games of the season.

2017

Dunn had a change of scenery in just his second NBA season, as the 23-year-old took the court for the Bulls after coming over in the offseason trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. Dunn got a lot more playing time in the Windy City, as his minutes went up from 17.1 per night as a rookie to 29.3 in his first run with the Bulls. Unfortunately, a toe injury and a concussion limited the former No. 5 overall pick to just 52 games, 43 of which he started. He raised his numbers across the board in the expanded role, finishing with 13.4 points, 6.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Dunn also continued to be a pest defensively, doubling his steal rate to 2.0 per game. The increase in his production wasn't simply due to the larger volume, as he also increased his shooting percentage from 37.7 to 42.9. He went off for a career-best 32 points in a game against Dallas on Jan. 5, shooting 12-for-17 from the field. Dunn also recorded nine assists and four steals that night in what was likely his best overall effort of the season. The Providence product recorded 20-plus points nine times in all. He also had 10 or more assists five times, notching four double-doubles in the process.

2016

After selecting Dunn fifth overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Wolves let the Providence College product acclimate slowly to the NBA, utilizing him mostly in a reserve role. Dunn played 17.1 minutes per contest, posting averages of 3.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals in that time. On those occasions when he received extra time, Dunn showed plenty of potential. He approached a triple-double Jan. 22 against Denver, notching 10 points, eight boards and nine assists. Dunn delivered a season-high 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 28:47 against Portland on Mar. 25. But Dunn's finest effort for Minnesota came in the last game of the year, Apr. 12 against Houston. Starting for the first time since Nov. 9, Dunn racked up 10 points and an easily season-high 16 assists to go with a pair of rebounds, a steal and two blocks.

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The 2019-20 season was a down year for Dunn, as the fourth-year pro saw his role scaled back. Dunn, who averaged nearly 30 minutes per contest over his first two years with the Bulls, logged just under 25 minutes last season. He recorded 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 25.9 percent from downtown. The points, rebounds and assists were the lowest marks since his rookie season, and the three-point shooting was the poorest of his career. That said, he continues to emerge as one of the league's best backcourt defenders, twice ranking top-2 in the NBA in steal percentage. He'll be on his third team next season, as the 26-year-old inked a two-year, $10 million contract with the Hawks to join a crowded backcourt rotation that includes Trae Young, Rajon Rondo, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish. Assuming Dunn can get his three-point stroke back up to a reasonable level, he should be able to share the court with most of those players, especially if the Hawks opt to go small on occasion. It's probably not a great year to buy low on Dunn since he's not expected to see a boost in workload, but his steals production is truly elite, and he's ranked in the top-98 over the past two seasons on a per-game basis.
Dunn took a step back statistically last season while being limited to 46 games due to knee and back injuries. His per-game averages plummeted nearly across the board, with assists and blocks being the lone exceptions, as he tallied 6.0 dimes and 0.5 blocks per game in both of the last two years. The lone encouraging developments were his improved free-throw and three-point shooting percentages, which rose from 73.7 to 79.7 percent and 32.1 to 35.4 percent, respectively, albeit on slightly less volume in both areas than the year before. It's clear that the Bulls aren't exactly sold on Dunn as the starting point guard of the future, as evidenced by the addition of Tomas Satoransky in free agency, the selection of Coby White in the mid-lottery portion of the draft, and the recurring trade rumors. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old point guard could still find himself in position to accumulate decent counting stats whether he's dealt or not, as Satoransky boasts the size and skill to play multiple positions and White isn't guaranteed to see a substantial load of minutes as a rookie. With that being said, the uncertainty surrounding Dunn's role going forward makes him a fairly risky pick across most fantasy leagues.
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.
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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Moved to Boston
GBoston Celtics
July 30, 2021
Dunn, plus a 2023 second-round pick and Bruno Fernando, was traded by the Hawks to the Celtics on Friday for Tristan Thompson, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Staying with Atlanta
GAtlanta Hawks
July 27, 2021
Dunn is picking up his $5 million player option for the 2021-22 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Off injury report
GAtlanta Hawks
June 10, 2021
Dunn (illness) is not listed on the injury report for Game 3 against the 76ers on Friday, Mike Conti of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network reports.
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Remains out Tuesday
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Illness
June 7, 2021
Dunn (illness) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 against the 76ers, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Out with illness
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Illness
June 5, 2021
Dunn is out for Sunday's Game 1 against the 76ers due to an illness, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
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