Mike Dunleavy deserves a lot of praise for his play this year, IMO. He has done an outstanding job. I think his play alone makes that Golden State trade fair for us.
I can't complain about anything Mike has done this year. He has just flat out had a great year for the Pacers.
Here is what I can't figure out.
Where does Mike fit in with the Pacers future plans?
Half of me says trade him now. Go with the younger cheaper mold.
The other half says keep him. He is a good player and will help the team win sooner rather than later.
Do you see Mike Dunleavy as an Indiana Pacer for a while?
I love how Mike plays the game. He is a different player.
I have two concerns though with Mike.
- How good is he?
His five years in Golden State he was average for the most part. Nothing really special though and not worth his salary. Then last season after the trade he really didn't show much with Indiana however maybe it's a little bit unfair to judge that time since it was a mid season trade.
Then finally this year under Jim Mike is having by far the best season of his career. He is averaging a career high in points yes but the thing that impresses me the most is he is shooting so well. 47% from the field, 38% three point shooter, 84% from the foul line, all are career highs for him.
What i'm wondering is can Dunleavy keep up that type of production no matter who the coach is?
- Are him and Danny a good fit?
Neither of these two are power forwards nor should they be playing that spot.
Both are really small forwards, but they can play some guard. Can these two be a winning team's starting shooting guard/small forward?
On offense I don't really see a problem. On defense, I do.
Neither is a defensive stopper. Can Danny be? Maybe so, but will he? Can he guard the guards in the league night in and night out? I think on every winning team you will find a defensive stopper somewhere and I guess if Dunleavy and Danny are gonna be on the same team that player is gonna be a big man for us.
So, where do you see Dunleavy in the Pacers future? You think he is a keeper?