Kris Dunn claims he wasn’t prepared to be in a ‘multiballhandler situation’ with Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are wrapping up another lost season. They will miss the playoffs for just the fourth time in the past 14 seasons while their future remains cloudy at best.
If the Bulls are going to return to contention soon, their youth will need to step up. That includes talented young point guard Kris Dunn, who struggled at times this year. However, Dunn has an excuse for his inconsistent play, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Kris Dunn: "I'vs always had that ball in my hands. Going into the summer, my job was to create for others. If I knew we were going to do a multiballhandler situation, I would’ve prepped for the summer a little different."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 9, 2019
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kris Dunn fifth overall in 2016. After a lackluster rookie year, they traded Dunn to Chicago as part of a package for star Jimmy Butler. The point guard had a strong sophomore season, but he took a step back this year in his second season with the Bulls.
As Dunn notes, from his days at Providence College, he has always been the primary ball handler. But midway through this season, the dynamic in Chicago changed. Their trade deadline acquisition of Otto Porter Jr. added another strong shooter and handler into the fold and took some opportunities away from Dunn.
Dunn struggled to adapt, and the numbers show it. February was the 25-year-old’s worst month of the season before a slight rebound in March. Hopefully, tDunn and Porter Jr. can learn to work together this offseason and lead the next great Bulls offense.
This season, Dunn averaged 11.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 46 games. He is listed as doubtful for Chicago’s Tuesday night game against the New York Knicks.