Kris Dunn’s experience could be useful to the Knicks

Kris Dunn is definitely the most flashy name on the list of limited free agents with CAA connections. Dunn was drafted fifth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dunn experienced a disappointing beginner season under the leadership of Tom Thibodeau. He spent the season off the bench as a backup for Ricky Rubio, but averaged 3.8 points / game and 2.4 assists / game.

The 6-foot-3 guard received some pause when the Timberwolves traded him for the Chicago Bulls in the Jimmy Butler affair. During his second season, Dunn suffered several injuries, but he performed much better when he played, averaging 13.4 points / game, 6.0 assists / game and 2.0 steals / game. He started showing the defensive reputation that preceded him while he was at Providence during his college career. Other injuries persisted during the 2018-19 season, limiting Dunn to just 46 games.

Dunn became an important cog in Jim Boylen’s defense system in the 2019-2020 season. Due to the depth of the guard on the roster, Dunn’s minutes went down, but he continued to be one of the best defenders of the Bulls. However, an MCL sprain ended its season in February.

The Connecticut native has faced serious injury problems since the 2017-18 season. Furthermore, his offensive repertoire leaves much to be desired. However, it is undeniable that Dunn is an almost elite defender.

It is clear that Dunn accepted the fact that it may not live up to the “expectations” set when he was chosen with the fifth overall choice. No, it won’t be like Damian Lillard or other more elite and talented guards. However, the 26-year-old has a role in this league as still defensive guarding the point.

Sure, Frank Ntilkina is still on the roster, but Ntilikina’s ability to play in multiple positions offers the opportunity to pair both players, even if it means they both come off the bench.

Dunn will receive an offer valid for $ 7.1 million. The bulls could easily match any offer made by the Knicks. There’s nothing wrong with considering Dunn as an option, especially if Elfrid Payton won’t stay on the team for the 2020-21 season.