The dropping streak began one recreation after Chicago misplaced Kris Dunn to a concussion. Bulls coach Fred Hoibeg did not appear to assume that is a coincidence.
“We have missed him as a lot as anyone since he is been out,” Hoiberg stated.
Dunn has been a catalyst for the Bulls this season. Throughout Chicago’s seven-recreation profitable streak in December, the second-yr level guard averaged sixteen.6 factors, 7.four assists, four.9 rebounds and a couple of.four steals whereas capturing forty six % from the sector.
Hoiberg stated Dunn’s burst has keyed Chicago’s rise in tempo of play, including, “He simply provides us a lot due to his potential to get into the paint and collapse the protection.”
What was initially thought by many to be a throw-in piece within the Jimmy Butler commerce with the Timberwolves, Dunn is trying to be an actual asset for Chicago.
“We have liked what he is proven us,” Hoiberg stated. “(He is) developed into our nearer. … He is proven us rather a lot and is a child that is actually going to have a brilliant future.”
That sounds nothing just like the man who suited up for the Wolves final season as a rookie. Dunn seemed misplaced in Minnesota, like a man who could not get out of his personal method. You may see his pure capability to protect an opponent in a single-on-one conditions, however he made operating an NBA offense seem like making an attempt to unravel a Rubik’s dice.
Dunn is the primary to confess final season — his first as a professional — wasn’t good. He struggled to adapt to each the NBA recreation and life as a reserve, enjoying behind Ricky Rubio. However he seen Chicago as a recent begin, one he is taken benefit of.
In Chicago, he has been given alternatives. He’s the Bulls’ start line guard — one thing the franchise badly wanted — when wholesome, probably one thing Tom Thibodeau envisioned him being in Minnesota when the Wolves picked him fifth general within the 2016 NBA draft.
That does not shock Thibodeau, who had a dialog with Dunn after final season and what got here after. Dunn began placing in every day work within the Wolves’ apply facility earlier than being dealt.
“Kris is a really clever child, he is a troublesome child, cussed in a great way and he was extremely motivated,” Thibodeau stated. “I felt he would take off.”
As a part of Dunn’s rehab from his concussion, he spent the weekend with the Windy Metropolis Bulls, Chicago’s G-League group, and was anticipated to rejoin Chicago subsequent week. So he wasn’t out there to visiting media members in Chicago this weekend. The subsequent-greatest individual to ask about Dunn’s emergence was Zach LaVine, the one individual to play with Dunn in every of his first two…