This will most likely be Mike Dunleavy’s last season as an Indiana Pacer, and everyone knows it. He is already wasting a bunch of cap space, which is about $10 million. From judging what he did in the past two seasons, it’s pretty pointless of having him. Dunleavy really needs to step it up this season, then.
He will have to make the most of it. If not, he probably won’t be even signed by any team. The 2007-08 season was pretty good from what I saw, as the small forward averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in all 82 games played last year. The 2008-09 season, Dunleavy only played 18 games. Coming into 2009-10 season, Dunleavy managed to come back but only play 67 games. He would average 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds.
This season will be crucial. It’s all-or-nothing for the 6’9″ forward. Though Dunleavy won’t be seeing many minutes per game, probably about 10-13, but he can still ball. I really would like to see him bring back his 2007 form when he had over 1500 points and averaged about 20 per game.
That’s the Dunleavy I want to see. I just hope he can bring that. If he doesn’t, he’s only ruining himself as the Pacers can already do good without him.
Dunleavy is a smart player, probably one of the smartest in the NBA. He’s not a great shooter, but he is a good one. He’s great at faking players out and bringing in contact. He can get crafty and really get shots in for himself. Dunleavy will have to improve his one-on-one game, as he is rather weak when he is one-on-one while trying to score. Dunleavy also isn’t that strong, despite his size.
Dunleavy can get pretty physical on the defensive side of the ball, as creates a lot of contact. He can become a havoc for the small wings.
Dunleavy is in for a promising season, hopefully.
It’s going to be interesting in what he dos.