Michael Joseph Dunleavy, Jr. is a professional basketball player from the United States of America and plays as a Swingman. Swapping regularly between guard and forward duties, Dunleavy is the son of Mike Dunleavy, a former player and, now, coach at the NBA. Dunleavy graduated from the Jesuit High School after leading the team to the 1999 4A State Boys Basketball Championships.
His high school days were quite diverse in that he went to the University School of Milwaukee in his freshman year before moving to the Homestead High School in his next two years before finishing his senior year at the Jesuit High School. Dunleavy was an integral part of the basketball teams in each of these institutions and was always at the forefront of the action.
Dunleavy went on to join Duke University in 1999 and in his junior year, was named to the NABC All-American first team after he played an incredible season at 17.3 points per game with 7.2 rebounds per game. His performance led the Blue Devils to a 31-4 win-loss record for the season. He won the national championships with the Blue Devils as a sophomore although his season wasn’t as spectacular as what was to come. He did however lead his team in scoring, in the championship game, with 21 points.
In the 2002 NBA Draft, Dunleavy was picked at third overall, by the Golden State Warriors. Dunleavy excelled at the NBA and played every game in his rookie year although he averaged at just 5.7 points per game and 2.6 rebounds. He rapidly improved to 11.7 ppg in his second year while his rebounds per game was at a career high 5.9.
The following year, he raised his game in scoring and had 13.4 points per game with 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. His performance was good enough to warrant a 5-year, $44 million deal with the Warriors, a deal he signed in November of 2005. However, Dunleavy would only spend two more years at the Warriors averaging 11.5 and 11.4 points per game in each. With Derek Fisher and Adonal Foyle coming in through trades, there was no place in the starting lineup for Dunleavy and soon he was put on the bench, not aided by a shooting slump.
Dunleavy spent most of the remaining time at the Warriors trying to get back his starting place and once there, immediately falling back on the bench due to successive poor performances.
In January of 2007, the Indiana Pacers acquired Dunleavy along with Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod in exchange for Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell. He started all 43 games he played in his first year with the Pacers and already, he had improved upon his scoring record with 14.0 scoring average while his steals were at a career high 1.1 through those games.