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Bulls: It’s Time to Move on From Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn's development has stalled and he's no longer looking like the point guard of the future. Jalen has more on why it's time for the Bulls to move on.

As much as this pains me to say it….it’s time for the Bulls to part ways with Kris Dunn. The third-year guard out of Providence has yet to make his mark in the NBA and showcase his point guard abilities to its full extent. Drafted 5th overall by the Timberwolves, there was much hope that he would develop a jump shot to go along with his athleticism, and become a John Wall type player.

Coming into this year Kris Dunn was my favorite player on Chicago. I loved how much he improved in two seasons and the passion his displayed each and every night. His first year he averaged 3.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists on 37.7 percent shooting and an abysmal 28 percent from three.

A year not worth much mentioning.

In his defense, it isn’t fair to judge him off his rookie year due to the fact that Tom Thibodeau rarely gives rookies playing time and that inconsistent minutes in the NBA can ruin rhythm.

In year two he was traded to Chicago and increased his numbers substantially across the board. He averaged 12.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6 assists, while snagging two steals a game.

He was given starting point guard duties in year two and displayed the talent we all knew he had. Throughout the year it was clear that Dunn was becoming more comfortable as the season progressed. He was getting to his shooting spots, attacking smaller defenders, getting his teammates the ball in mismatch situations, and realizing when to take over games.

Seemed like the point guard of the future.

Then reports surfaced in the off-season regarding the Bulls leaning on drafting a new guard (Collin Sexton, Trae Young) in the 2018 NBA draft due to Kris Dunn’s work ethic.

These reports baffled and confused me as to why the Bulls were giving up on a young player that showed much promise so quickly. The Bulls ultimately selected Wendell Carter, leaving Dunn with his starting position and giving him another year to prove he’s the future.

As this season has progressed I’ve realized that it’s not Dunn’s work ethic that has halted his success in the NBA, rather his inability to run a half-court offense (which ranks 27th) or be a floor general. His questionable decision-making has the Bulls offense looking embarrassing at times.

The offensive flow is so dysfunctional and Dunn looks clueless at times. That’s not all on him, though. Boylen’s schemes are terrible and it just seems like Dunn has a hard time deciding if he should take a shot or set up his teammates.

The Bulls average 21.6 assists per game which ranks 4th fewest in the NBA.

On a team with talented offensive threats like Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen, there simply is no need for a scoring guard. Rather a pass-first point guard is what this Chicago team requires.

He’s not nearly as talented as they are on the offensive end. So getting them the ball should be his number one priority.

A point guard must know their role.

The fact that the Bulls are currently looking for a veteran guard just to motivate Dunn to play better is a horrible sign. Rumors have been made about acquiring guards like Ricky Rubio or Darren Collison to push Dunn to reach the next level.

Not saying Dunn is playing horrible this season, he averages 12 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. Nearly identical numbers from last year. But there have been no signs of development. He just hasn’t taken the next step that the Bulls envisioned when trading for him in 2017.

The third-year guard still has the remainder of the season to prove me and the doubters wrong.

I love Kris Dunn, I think he’s a great NBA player and I admire how hard he works, but he’s not a starting point guard and not the future of the Chicago Bulls.

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