The first roar at Target Center Thursday night erupted when Boston selected Jaylen Brown No. 3 overall in the NBA draft. Another followed at No. 4 when Phoenix picked Dragan Bender. The cards had played in favor of the Timberwolves to select Providence star point guard Kris Dunn with the No. 5 overall pick.
The well-attended Wolves draft party burst into applause and began chanting Dunn’s name. He was the right pick, they overwhelming agreed. Here are some of the opinions from the diehard fans that were in attendance at Target Center:
Max Todd from North Minneapolis
“I actually thought the pick was the appropriate pick, especially considering how the draft panned out. He’s got size for the position. He clearly can defending multiple positions. … He can get to the rim and there is the potential he can rebound more efficiently than [Ricky] Rubio could. … There is also a chance that we lose Rubio to a trade or down the line he’s no longer on the team, so having an No. 1 option or a guy that is a solidified future at the point guard position is definitely a plus for the team. … The overall future of the Timberwolves is look up so join the bandwagon. We got a lot of room.”
Donovan Counts from Hastings
“I wasn’t a fan. I would have liked to see them draft Buddy Hield. I’m afraid [Dunn is] more a point guard than a shooting guard and we need somebody who can shoot so they can open up the middle. … He’s a defensive- minded player, so the way [coach Tom Thibodeau] does things, I think it will be incredible the way he fits into the mold, so I’m a little optimistic about that point.”
Ayn Gates from Minneapolis
“I’m really excited about it. I think he brings a lot of great value to the team. It will be fun to see what the young guys can do next year. It seems like he’s got really great ball-handling skills that can fit in really well. He can shoot well. He’s really athletic. I think it’s going to be great. … I think it’s really great that he’s so dedicated to his hometown and to his roots, so it was fun to see his flare.”