Saturday, October 15, 2005

Dunleavy's Versatility May be the Difference


Shareef never did like defense.
Contra Costa Times' Marcus Thompson writes that Dunleavy may be the difference between the playoffs and another long summer vacation.
There's no question point guard Baron Davis is the Warriors' best player. There's no disputing that guard Jason Richardson is right behind him. The two have to play well for the Warriors to be successful.

But the X factor, the difference between a playoff berth and a 12th consecutive early summer, just might be forward Mike Dunleavy.

"There's going to be some nights where he's going to score big for us and there's going to be some nights where he won't," Davis said. "His defense and his ability to be out there and to make plays without having the ball is going to be really helpful in the long run."
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He knocked down six consecutive shots in the first quarter, four from 3-point range. He led the fast break when Davis was trapped in the backcourt, making all the right decisions on where to go with the ball.
I disagree with Marcus Thompson's assessment. The Warriors need the role players to step up period. Whether that's Dunleavy or one of the other players, Murphy, Foyle, Pietrus, etc, will determine whether the Warriors make the playoffs or not. I'm willing to bet that if Dunleavy was lost for the year, the Warriors could still make the playoffs. This team is about Baron, JRich, and a deep supporting cast. Sure Dunleavy's absence would hurt, but there's someone who will step in and take up the slack. Anyways, what do you think?

Do the Warriors need Dunleavy to be their 3rd best player to make the playoffs?


4 Comments:

At 4:25 PM, Blogger pawnograffiti said...

Of course the Warriors need Lil'Dun to be the 3rd best player.

Baron gets everyone on the team going, he gets his boys there shots, he gets his boys opportunities to work it from the Free throw Line.

but Tell me, Who's gonna get Jrich and Baron going? obviously Jason and Baron are 2 superstars who can create there own. But at the position Dunleavy plays Point Forward he can help out with getting Jason and Baron in opportunities they usually wouldn't get playing ISO.

What if Baron gets injured ( pray to god it doesn't happen ) Do you fellas want Derek Spotup Shooter with the ball in his hands? ( taking Jumpshots he could actually think twice about ) And Monta Ellis hasn't proved anything so far to suggest his a point Gaurd.

The Verdict is that we need Lil'Dun to be the X Factor.

PS: Fantasy Junkie, Some comments in that arictle are spoken by the Messiah Baron Davis. So it's not all marcus Assesment, It's Baron as well.

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger fantasy junkie said...

Okay if Baron gets injured, sure Dunleavy is needed to take part of the responsiblity off of fisher, miles, and ellis to create. But if Baron goes down this team is going nowhere because Dun cannot run the point nor create shots for others consistently nor can anyone else on the team.

PS: In the article, nowhere does Baron say Mike is the X-factor or we need Mike. Here's what he says, the only thing he is quoted saying about Mikey, "There's going to be some nights where he's going to score big for us and there's going to be some nights where he won't," Davis said. "His defense and his ability to be out there and to make plays without having the ball is going to be really helpful in the long run.""

Mike will be helpful in the long run. Not the X-factor, not the 3rd best player on the team. "Really helpful" to me is what I wrote on the post, "The Warriors need the role players to step up period. Whether that's Dunleavy or one of the other players, Murphy, Foyle, Pietrus, etc, will determine whether the Warriors make the playoffs or not." So they need all their role players to be "really helpful."

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger Adrian said...

I think Dunleavey could help the most by being the 3rd best player on ANOTHER team, and us getting a solid big man in return.

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger b said...

+Chris Bosh, Chris Bosh, Chris Bosh*

 

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