Kris Dunn was supposed to be on the floor for tonight’s Boston-Minnesota game, but not necessarily donning a Timberwolves jersey.
The former Providence College star was on the short list of players the Celtics gave serious consideration to drafting before ultimately choosing Cal star Jaylen Brown.
Dunn wound up being selected with the fifth overall pick by the Timberwolves.
The 6-foot-4 Dunn hasn’t given much thought to what could have been in Boston, other than tonight when the Timberwolves host the Celtics.
Dunn, who played his prep ball in Connecticut, acknowledged he would have enjoyed being close to family and friends had the Celtics selected him.
“But you know, that’s good and bad at the same time,” he said. “The good is you’re around them. The bad is you’re around them too much. It can get overwhelming. So, there’s a good and bad to that.”
Despite the Celtics passing him over to take Brown, he doesn’t hold any ill will towards the Green team.
“Treat it like another game,” Dunn said. “I don't have any personal feelings against them. I don't know most of the guys over there. So, it's not like, you know, it's a personal game. Just treat it like another game.”
That said, Celtics fans will certainly connect his play with that of Brown as both have had comparable rookie seasons.
Brown is averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game with three starts while Dunn is averaging 4.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game with five starts.
But Dunn hasn’t exactly spent much time – try no time – keeping tabs on what Brown has done for the Celtics.
“Days go by too fast,” Dunn said. “We're working hard, on our side of the end. Practice and individual work outs, that, no I don't keep up unless we're playing against them. Like today, Jaylen Brown, we scouted him today.”
The feeling is mutual, says Brown.
“I approach every game the same,” Brown told CSN’s Abby Chin on Monday. “Just come out and play. I really didn’t pay attention to who went where (in the NBA draft). I just come out and do what I gotta do.”