Wolves rookie point guard Kris Dunn, who played in just two NBA Summer League games last month after sustaining a concussion during early action — thus missing out on the young Wolves’ run to the championship game — said Thursday he’s healthy and back on the court.
Dunn, who is in New Jersey with other first-year league players for the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program, said in a phone interview Thursday, “I feel great. I’m back on court. I’m just working to get better for training camp, but I’m definitely back.”
When asked what he thought his role on the Wolves might be this season — starter? sub? — Dunn said he is prepared for whatever happens. Ricky Rubio is the incumbent starter at point guard, while second-year guard Tyus Jones shined in Dunn’s absence during Summer League play. Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins also figure to combine to get heavy minutes in the first three spots on the court.
Dunn, the No. 5 overall pick in June’s draft out of Providence, made a splashy debut in Summer League, averaging 24 points in those two games before being sidelined.
“Just like any other time, when you’re coming from 8th grade to freshman year, you just want to prove yourself and work hard. Same thing when you’re going from high school to college,” Dunn said. “Whatever happens, happens. If I’m a starter or not a starter, I’m going to do whatever the coach needs me to do. I’m just here to learn.”
Dunn, 22, is doing plenty of that in New Jersey — getting schooled in everything from financial advice to healthy relationship during the four-day transition program, which wraps up Thursday. I joked with him that he should be the one giving advice to teammates since he’s already older than Jones, LaVine, Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
“When they call me ‘rook,’ I tell them to chill because I’m older than you,” Dunn said with a laugh.