Mike Dunleavy is probably best remembered by Golden State Warrior fans for this:
But besides that terrific meltdown in 2005-06, Dunleavy played a pretty decent four and-a-half seasons for the Dubs. Drafted No. 3 overall out of Duke, Dunleavy played in every game as a rookie, but averaged just 15 minutes and 5.7 points per game on 40 percent shooting.
He took a big step forward in his sophomore season, starting 69 games and averaging 11.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists on 45 percent shooting. Things were looking up for Dunleavy after such a stellar second-year campaign. But unfortunately, that seemed to be where Dunleavy’s skills plateaued.
Excluding his rookie year, Dunleavy’s other three and-a-half years in Golden State were solid, but unspectacular. He averaged between 11.4 and 13.4 points per game. His best rebounding average was 5.9, but his worst was 3.8. In the assist department, he was never better than 3.0 per game, but also never worse than 2.6.
To put it succinctly, you pretty much knew what you were going to get from Dunleavy: consistently passable play. It wasn’t Dunleavy’s fault he was selected so high in the draft, but he never lived up to the expectations of his selection slot.
Dunleavy gets the No. 10 spot here because he was a pretty good player for a few years, and that’s just about all it takes to crack the top 10 during this particular era of Warriors basketball.
And although he didn’t have anything to do with the run of 2006-07’s “We Believe” team, the highest point in recent Warrior history would never have happened if Dunleavy hadn’t been traded to Indiana in the deal that brought Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington to Golden State.
It’s also got to sting Warrior fans a bit that once Dunleavy got comfortable in Indiana, he had his best season as a pro. He averaged 19.1 points per game in 2007-08 and had the best shooting year of his career (47 percent from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc). But what Dunleavy did after leaving the Warriors is neither here nor there. We’re celebrating him for his contributions to the Warriors from 2002-2006. He wasn’t great, but hey, he didn’t have to be to make this list.