Billed as the starting point guard for years to come from the moment the Chicago Bulls traded Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick to the Timberwolves in June, Kris Dunn came off the bench for the first three exhibition games behind Jerian Grant.

Dunn suffered another setback when he gruesomely dislocated his left index finger during an Oct. 6 exhibition. After working diligently to stay in condition as the finger healed, Dunn made his season debut Oct. 28 — coming off the bench again.

Despite putting up better statistics than Grant in almost every area but ball security, Dunn didn’t start his first game until Nov. 15 and didn’t supplant Grant as the full-time starter until Nov. 21.

“I was fine with that,” Dunn said.

So Dunn is one of those guys content to go with the flow?

Not exactly.

“I had to earn my spot. I like that. It’s a challenge. And I don’t back down from any challenge,” Dunn said. “I had to work hard and bring my game up. I’m very appreciative that [coach Fred Hoiberg] did that to me.”

This isn’t just cliché speak. Spend five minutes with Dunn and it’s easy to discern that not only is he a team-first guy, but he gets it.