Mike Dunleavy is no stranger to new point guards. Though he's played for only three teams in his 11-year career nine different times his teams have had a leading assist man. Just twice (Baron Davis in Golden State Jamaal Tinsley in Indiana) has the top passer from the year before been the leader the next season on one of Dunleavy's teams. And he hasn't quite played with John Stockton and Magic Johnson as a pro either. All-American Jay Williams may have spoiled him at Duke but after Gilbert Arenas and Davis -- both All-Stars -- the next best court general Dunleavy has played with is Brandon Jennings. It's been an up-and-down career for the former No. 3 pick in the 2002 NBA Draft -- Denver picked Nikoloz Tskitishvili next though the Suns selected Amare Stoudemire six picks later -- but Dunleavy has carved himself out a niche as a solid role player. Now 32 he'll provide the Bulls with outside shooting off the bench much like he did the last two seasons in Milwaukee. And for as good as Arenas and Davis were Dunleavy will play this season with the best point guard he's ever had. Through four seasons Derrick Rose has averaged 21.8 points per game and averaged 7.8 assists per game the last two seasons. His scoring averages are higher than any point guard Dunleavy ever played with and only Davis and Tinsley averaged more assists albeit in a less efficient fashion than the former MVP.
Mike Dunleavy's point-guard carousel
CSN Chicago | Sep 14