Keen Draft Profiles #4: Dunn-Dunn-Dunnnnn

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinn, Ó Doinn ‘descendant of Donn’, a byname meaning ‘brown-haired’ or ‘chieftain’.

English: nickname for a man with dark hair or a swarthy complexion.

Scottish: habitational name from Dun in Angus, named with Gaelic dùn ‘fort’. 

  • Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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MOCK DRAFT PICK No. 4

KRIS DUNN, JUNIOR, PROVIDENCE

POINT GUARD

6’4” • 220 lbs. • 6’9” WINGSPAN

 

Kris Dunn is a point guard from Providence with absolutely tremendous upside. He’s a freakish athlete, very strong and agile with great size for a 1 at 6-4, 220 lbs. He has an excellent ability to drive to the rim due to his handles, and can either go up for a shot or dish it outside. His pull-up jumper game has improved significantly over his three years in college, and, though his range isn’t great, he has become a threat to hit mid-range shots in transition. He’s also good in iso situations because he can beat defenders off the dribble.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Kris Dunn #3 of the Providence Friars drives to the basket against Darrun Hilliard #4 and Ryan Arcidiacono #15 of the Villanova Wildcats in the first half during a semifinal game of the Big East basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 13: Kris Dunn #3 of the Providence Friars drives to the basket against Darrun Hilliard #4 and Ryan Arcidiacono #15 of the Villanova Wildcats in the first half during a semifinal game of the Big East basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Another huge positive about Kris Dunn is his passing ability. This is another area where his size is an added benefit. He can look above the defense to find the open man–he’s very good at passing the ball into the post specifically. He reads defenses well and throws lots of cross-court looks to other shooters.

On the season, Dunn is averaging 17.1 points / 5.9 rebounds / 6.6 assists / 3 steals per game on .442 percent shooting with a PER of 25.8. He is among the awards finalists for the Naismith Player of the Year honor, essentially the Heisman of college basketball. Though he’ll lose this most likely to Oklahoma SG Buddy Hield, just being in the conversation is a testament to his big-play ability.

Dunn will likely be a crowd favorite wherever he goes because of his sheer athleticism. He makes highlight-reel plays throughout games. He has a tremendous leap and vertical jump and often puts defenders on posters with his dunks. In this sense he plays much like John Wall or Derrick Rose, though he lacks Wall’s elite explosiveness and Rose’s offensive skillset.

He has his flaws as well–the high-energy way he plays often results in hero-ball and generally wild-ass basketball. He averages 3.5 turnovers per game and often takes bad looks early in possessions. He has too much of a reliance on his size and athleticism as there is clearly a major talent gap between him and most players he plays against–he needs to learn how to play a more traditional role as point guard, and learn how to play the pick-and-roll more effectively.

Still, if it’s me, I’m taking Dunn over consensus number three pick Dragan Bender seven out of seven days of the week. Other draft pundits have Bender going third, but I see Dunn being a superstar in the NBA if he can figure out how to take better care of the basketball. It will all depend on the system he’s put into. Chad Ford has him going fifth in his mock, but fuck Chad Ford (you also have to pay to read his ‘insight’ on ESPN…lol).

luthpuh8crvuefifgmjjSeriously though, goddammit. I can’t believe that lying ass still has his job. He basically committed fraud and ESPN just sat with their thumbs up their asses like ‘oh well, I guess we’ll just let this sack of shit continue to run our NBA draft board.’ Really, ESPN? Really? You can’t find another guy who isn’t a fucking fraud to do that job? The DraftExpress people are so much better than that dishonest hack who’s so insecure about his shitty projections that he has to edit them in retrospect to make them more accurate, probably so that people will like him.

What he did is like going back through your Facebook and deleting old embarrassing pictures and statuses (like when you made the lyrics from the chorus to “Airplanes” by Paramore your status, following the last line of it with an emphatic UGHHH to underline your misplaced teenage angst). Except for way, way worse. Revisionist history has no place in sports and the fact that ESPN is basically just condoning his bullshit is a testament to what a complete and utter joke that company has become. Trying to be hip all the time, having the reporters do that stupid Dab dance to get Instagram likes, just report the goddamn sports news and keep pop culture and lying shitty draft board editors out of it.

Kris Dunn is a good player. And fuck you Chad Ford.  

@KParkerWomack

 

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