The Golden State Warriors seem to have a tendency of drafting second-generation NBA players. They drafted Klay Thompson in the 2010 and Stephen Curry in 2009, who are both sons of former NBA players. The tradition of drafting second-generation players goes back to 2002, when the Warriors drafted Mike Dunleavy Jr., son of Mike Dunleavy Sr.
Coming out of Duke University, Dunleavy was selected with the third overall pick in the 2002 draft. During his rookie season, the former Blue Devil played in all 82 games but only started three games. His productivity level was disappointing for a third overall pick. He averaged just 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in only 15.9 minutes per game.
In the following year, Dunleavy showed signs of potential to the Warriors’ organization. He steadily improved his sophomore year by nearly doubling his scoring average (11.7 points per game) and rebounding average (5.9 rebounds per game). His improvement convinced the Warriors to sign him to an extension in 2005.
However, the signing of Dunleavy was soon regretted. The Warriors inked him to a multi-year contract extension which had him due $7.5 million the first year and increasing pay for the upcoming years.
On January 16, 2007, Dunleavy was traded away along with other players to the Indiana Pacers. In return, the Warriors notably received Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington, which sparked the “We Believe” era.
For the past two seasons, Dunleavy has been on the Milwaukee Bucks playing alongside other former Warriors, Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh. The Bucks made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010. Dunleavy played a big role off the bench. He contributed to their playoff season by averaging double digits in scoring in 25.9 minutes per game.
Heading into his 12th NBA season, the former Warrior is an unrestricted free agent looking for a spot on an NBA roster. Dunleavy is still a serviceable forward who has an excellent outside shot and can rebound the ball.