Rookie Kris Dunn of the Minnesota Timberwolves was not the overall top pick this year, but his peers at this year’s draft beg to disagree. Rumors are swirling that Dunn is likely to win this year’s KIA Rookie of the Year honors.
John Schuhmann of NBA.com conducted a survey with this year’s rookie class. A total of 29.0 percent voted Dunn to win this year’s KIA Rookie of the Year. Taking second place is second overall pick Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers with 25.8 percent. Meanwhile, this year’s top overall pick Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers is at third with only 19.4 percent.
Dunn stated that he will have to improve in his game and that the pressure will always be part of the game. The 22-year-old out of Providence College added that he understands his role as a rookie and that he is willing to learn and improve.
“I know it will be a roller coaster ride throughout the season. I’m going to have some good games and some bad games,” Dunn said. “You just have to improve. I understand I’m just a rookie. I still have a lot more to learn about the game.” He added, “I think once you learn the game, things start to slow down.”
Aside from being picked by his rookie classmates, Dunn is also ranked second to have the best career in the NBA with 16.7 percent. Dunn follows Ingram who got the top vote with 26.7% while Buddy Hield of New Orleans Pelicans with 13.3 percent.
Dunn brings more experience that his peers as he is a two-time Big East Player of the Year during his stint with the Providence Friars. Aside from experience, Dunn is also seen as the next John Wall, who is also a gifted player and a passer.
Aside from being voted to win this year’s KIA Rookie of the Year award, Dunn has also seen the best defender and best playmaker. With the training camps set to open next month, Dunn is in for a lot of pressure, but good to note is that he takes on the pressure to prove his worth to his team.