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Kris Dunn explains why he's performing better in Chicago compared to his rookie season

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After being traded to the Chicago Bulls in the summer, Kris Dunn is enjoying a breakout year in his sophomore season in the NBA.

The point guard struggled to make an impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves in his rookie campaign and was offloaded to the Windy City as part of the deal that saw them acquire All-Star Jimmy Butler.

Initially, the Bulls were heavily criticized for the trade as many felt they didn't receive enough assets for a player of Butler's stature.

But with Dunn performing the way he is currently in Chicago, the doubters are being proved wrong as he's finally beginning to fulfill his potential.

The 23-year-old was drafted by the Timberwolves with the number five pick in 2016 but had a rough first season in the league.

He struggled to fit into head coach Tom Thibodeau's system as he was often played in multiple positions on the floor and found it hard to adjust.

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In an interview with NBA.com's David Aldridge, he explained how he was trying too hard to impress coach Thibs and was unable to play his natural game.

"Last year, I couldn't even tell you what position - one, two, three. I'm just out there, trying to impress the coach," Dunn said. "That was what it was, and I couldn't really learn. This year I'm learning."

Dunn was playing as the backup point guard behind Ricky Rubio in Minneapolis which was another adjustment he had to make after being a starter throughout his career until he became a pro.

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"I ain't know how to deal with it at first," he said. "This was the first time I ever had to come off the bench, first time I didn't know what the coach wanted from me, etc. ... I had to put in more work than I did the year before (in order to bounce back)."

It's now paying off for the Providence product as he's showcasing his abilities in Chi-Town and has solidified himself as the starting point guard.

The second-year man is averaging 13.7 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game this year and his improvement has coincided with a remarkable turnaround for the Bulls.

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They have won 10 of their last 14 games after beginning the campaign 3-20 and have a realistic chance of securing a playoff spot if they continue in this vein.

The Bulls are building for the future but are already becoming one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA now.

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