2016 NBA Draft: Kris Dunn scouting report
Kris Dunn 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Kris Dunn scouting report
Kris Dunn has the look of a star point guard. He has excellent size, at 6-foot-4 with a long wingspan, so he should be able to withstand the rigors of the pros. But looking at him purely as a player and you’ll see he’s rough around the edges, which raises questions about his ability to transfer his skills from Providence to the NBA.
Click through for Dunn's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Dunn is a technician operating pick-and-rolls. The junior point guard knows play at different tempos as well as a progressive rock band changes time signatures. He also has the burst to speed by defenders and get to the basket. NBA offenses are always looking for players that can manufacture quality shot opportunities in clutch situations. Dunn should have no issues filling that type of role.
Dunn has the ingredients to be an elite defender. He’s a terrific athlete with a long wingspan and when he’s mentally engaged he’s hard to score on. At Providence he didn’t always have the intensity dialed up (because of his heavy offensive load), but when he needed to he got stops.
Dunn might be 22, but he’s still very raw. He commits careless turnovers and gets too sloppy with his dribble. He plays like an All-Star talent, but the turnovers can be extremely frustrating and concerning. Some coaches will give him a short leash in the pros, which could limit his playing time early in his career.
Part of the reason Dunn is behind the development curve is his injury history. He’s suffered two major shoulder injuries in his time at Providence, so teams will want to review his medical reports to get a better idea of his chance of re-injury.
Dunn has improved as a shooter (37.2 percent from three), but he still must continue to extend his range – especially off the dribble. This will be a key area of development for him to take his game to the next level, otherwise defenders will take away driving lanes by daring him to shoot.
Dunn has all the qualities the Celtics look for in a point guard. He has good size and length, and he plays with an edge. Whether it’s Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, or Rajon Rondo, the Celtics have a history of drafting these types of players.
But Dunn’s agents reportedly won’t show his medical records to the Celtics (or Suns) because of their depth at point guard. They understandably want him going to a situation where he can play and develop. That might not happen in Boston, unless the makeup of the roster changes.
Still, if the Celtics do like Dunn -- and it wouldn’t be surprising if they do considering their history -- then maybe they’d move the necessary pieces to make it work. Dunn could become a defender near the level of Smart, but he has considerably more upside as a scorer and playmaker.
The Celtics are in a position to select Dunn with the No. 3 pick in the draft. They could also drop a few slots in a trade down and still snatch him at No. 5 or 6. But they’ll likely need to see his medical records before committing such a high draft pick on him.
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