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Kris Dunn looks to become a more vocal leader

Kris Dunn, Bulls

Entering his second season with the Chicago Bulls, starting point guard Kris Dunn wants to be a more vocal leader. The Bulls acquired Dunn from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade during the summer of 2017. In 52 regular season games last year, Dunn averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists, shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from beyond the arc.

In the past, Dunn has let his play on the floor do the talking for him. However, the 24-year-old understands he has to take on more of a leadership role this season due to the position he plays on the team.

“Last year, I didn’t want to do too much because it was my first time being a Bull, and I didn’t want to step on any toes,” Dunn said, via Tom Musick of The Chicago Sun-Times. “But coming in as year two as being a Bull, I’ve got to understand that I’m the point guard, I’m the quarterback, and I’ve got to communicate to my guys.

“Just imagine playing against Steph Curry. I’m not going to try to outscore him, but I’m going to try to make it difficult for him, you know what I mean? At the same time, I’m going to be aggressive. I’m not just going to let him come down and score on me all day. I’ve got to put some pressure back on him.”

During the offseason, Kris Dunn was offended by a Chicago Sun-Times’ report claiming the Bulls were unimpressed with his work ethic. Dunn was at the Bulls’ practice facility all summer working on his game, and he is poised to take the next step this year.