5 Teams that Need To Target Mike Dunleavy Jr. at NBA Trade Deadline
5 Teams that Need To Target Mike Dunleavy Jr. at NBA Trade Dealine
Dunleavy played at Duke University where he had a strong college career for three years before declaring for the draft. Since entering the league, Dunleavy has been relatively looked over by most teams.
One must not look over his ability to shoot. Since college, he has been an excellent perimeter shooter. Over the last three season, he is averaging 41 percent from behind the arc.
Dunleavy is a solid and consistent wing, who could be a good role player for many franchises. For his career, he is averaging 11.9PTs, 4.5REBs and 2.4ASTs per game. He is very versatile as well, he can play shooting guard or small forward.
The trade deadline is on Thursday, February 20. Here is a look at five teams that should try to target Mike Dunleavy Jr. if they get a good deal. He still has a lot he can provide to many teams.
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New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans should try to target Mike Dunleavy Jr.
The Pelicans are currently 19-26 in the Western Conference. Dunleavy would be able to help their wing rotation. He is a tall shooter that would help stretch the floor in New Orleans.
The West is filled with a lot of sharp shooter. Adding Dunleavy to the Pelicans would increase their offense productivity. He would also give them another offensive weapon to come off the bench.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks have had a lot of problems this year.
The Knicks should target Dunleavy because they currently need help at the shooting guard and small forward position.
I was confused when New York gave JR Smith a giant contract extension; maybe the Knicks can get rid of him. Smith averages just more minutes played per game than Dunleavy and has only slightly better stats.
Dunleavy can provide the Knicks with something they need -- consistency.
The Detroit Pistons are currently the worst three-point shooting team in the league.
Dunleavy would be a nice addition to the Pistons. He is a big man, who can shoot; something Detroit does not have.
The Pistons have a lot of big men they can afford to trade, and at 18-27 they need to make some changes.
Having a three-point threat would open up the floor for the Pistons and increase the productivity of their big men.
The Dallas Mavericks would be an interesting spot for Dunleavy
Dallas needs to try to get back to championship form and bringing along Dunleavy could help.
Vince Carter and Shawn Marion are both older than Dunleavy and Monta Ellis does not have a solid back up. Dunleavy would be a great rotation piece for Dallas.
The Houston Rockets would be a great landing spot for Dunleavy.
The Rockets have Chandler Parsons but Dunleavy could be a rotational piece; he could come in for Parsons and James Harden. He is also a good defender, which could help Houston out, as they do need some defensive improvement.
The great part about Dunleavy is that he is cheap. He is getting paid $3 million this year and $3 million next year.
Omer Asik wants out of Houston as well, and this is a situation where both franchises could help each other out.