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Kris Dunn fills need for defense & dollars, but not durability

 Recently-acquired 6'3" guard, Kris Dunn, may supply the defense sought by Brad Stevens, but his durability comes into question. Dunn, taken at number-5 in the 2016 NBA draft, was never expected to be a major scorer, but his defense and facilitation prompted the high-lottery pick.


His best season occurred in his sophomore season with Chicago when he averaged 13.4 PPG, 6.0 APG, 4.3 RPG and 2.0 SPG. The trouble is that he never has produced those numbers in the following seasons as injuries continued to plague him.

Brad Stevens always seeks the 4-Ds in his pick-ups - defense, durability, dollars (right contract) and dimensions (vertical, as in height). Kris checks only two of the boxes - defense and dollars ($5 million expiring deal). But that may suffice if he can avoid injuries and stay on the court.

At 6'3" and 205 pounds, he does not present a significant liability on defense, and he could fill some critical minutes this coming season - although Stevens may consider 6'3" as the low end of acceptable height in his lineups. If  it doesn't work out, Dunn's salary will be off the books at the end of the 2021-22 season, and the cap space will be welcome.




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