A Royal Selection: Kris Dunn

Mar 16, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Providence Friars guard Kris Dunn (3) speaks to the media during a practice day before the first round of the NCAA men
Mar 16, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Providence Friars guard Kris Dunn (3) speaks to the media during a practice day before the first round of the NCAA men /

If everything stays in place, the Sacramento Kings will have the 8th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

There will be many talented players for the purple and white to choose from, but which player should they take? Today, the ARP team will analyze Kris Dunn out of Providence.

Kris Dunn

Height: 6’3          Weight: 205

In his four years spent with the Providence Friars, Dunn has made strides as his collegiate career progressed (minus his Sophomore year where he only played 4 games). In his career with the Friars (95 games), the 6’3 guard averaged 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. He also recorded a career field-goal percentage of 45 and a career three-point shooting percentage of 35.4.

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In his most recent season at Providence, Dunn filled stat sheet averaging 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. He also finished making 44.8% of his total shots from the court and 37.2% of his shots beyond the perimeter.

Draft Range

According to various mock drafts, Dunn is projected to be picked up around #4-8 in the draft order. This means that the Kings might have a chance to grab Dunn at their current spot if he does slip down in the draft. If the scenario does come where the Kings do end up investing their draft pick in Dunn, how will he be utilized?

The Fit

Right now the Kings have uncertainty with the point guard position. With Rajon Rondo possibly heading to another team when free agency comes and the current predicament with Darren Collison, the Kings may be in dire need of a point guard.

No matter what the case may be, Dunn would compete for either the starting point guard or two-guard spot if selected by Sacramento. Standing 6’3 and weighing 205 pounds, Dunn is capable of holding his own at the two-guard position.

Dunn is also a multi-threat on the offensive end as he has the potential to scorch opponents whether it is scoring the ball or making plays for others. Not only is Dunn a potential asset offensively, but he can contribute for his team as a defender as well. If the Kings do add Dunn to their roster, they have the chance to have a player that is effective both ways, which would help with the Kings perimeter defense and possibly their two-guard woes.

Express Yourself

So Kings fans, how serious should Vlade Divac be in pulling the trigger on Kris Dunn if he is indeed available when the Kings are on the clock? We want to hear from you. To express your thoughts on the issue, feel free to participate in our survey that is currently up on our Twitter account.

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Rafe’s Thoughts

It would be a pleasant surprise if Dunn slipped in the draft and was available for the Kings to take. He has the potential to become an effective two-way player in the NBA and is already pro-league ready based on what he achieved this recent season.

Dunn has all the capabilities of becoming a playmaker for the Kings long-term and it would be a good pickup for the Kings if they were to choose Dunn in this upcoming draft.

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