Mike Dunleavy, Jr.
Dunleavy playing for the Bucks.
|No. 17 - Milwaukee Bucks|
|Center / Power forward|
| Date of Birth: September 15 1980|
Fort Worth, Texas
|Height: 6 ft 9 in||Weight: 230 lbs|
| NBA Draft: 2002; 1st round / 3rd pick|
selected by the Golden State Warriors
|Pro career: 2002-present|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
Michael (Mike) Joseph Dunleavy, Jr. (born September 15, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. He is the son of long-time NBA player and current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy.
Dunleavy played at Duke University from 1999-2002. As a junior, Dunleavy was a first-team NABC All-American, averaging 17.3 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game for the 31-4 Blue Devils. As a sophomore, he played on Duke's national championship team and scored a team-high 21 points in the title game, including 3 three-pointers during a decisive 11-2 second-half Duke run.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called Dunleavy ”the most versatile player we've had here since Grant Hill."
In November 2005, the Warriors signed Dunleavy to a 5-year, $44 million contract extension. Golden State General Manager Chris Mullin said, "The way Mike performed, the way he conducted himself and the way we run our organization, we both felt it was something that we wanted." The deal has drawn criticism from fans, though, in light of the other large contracts that the Warriors franchise has signed, including Adonal Foyle and Derek Fisher. During the 2005-2006 season, Dunleavy lost his starting role as small forward for a number of games, due partly to a shooting slump. He won back the starting job later in the season and was expected to start at his new position of power forward for the 2006-07 season. Some early struggles, however, prompted Warriors head coach Don Nelson to send Dunleavy back to the bench, juggling his lineup in search of better team chemistry and winning results.
Never really making an impact as a Warrior, Dunleavy has started the 2007-08 NBA season on a torrent. Averaging 18.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 3.3 assists per game, it is easily the best season of his career, and he is one of the main scoring threats for the Pacers.