3 Things That Mike Dunleavy Brings to the Chicago Bulls
This was a valuable yet affordable option, as Dunleavy could provide some offense on the wings for a Bulls team that's already loaded with defensive specialists like Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler at those positions.
Dunleavy is a cheap addition to the Bulls' bench, which the team definitely needed to revamp during the summer. Signing him is a great start and he brings a lot of little things to the table that could help push this team to a higher level.
The Bulls were missing a swingman who could score from every area of the floor after Kyle Korver bolted for the Atlanta Hawks. Dunleavy can fill a role similar to the one Korver had when he played for the Bulls in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
He's not a three-point shooter of the same caliber, but he is still a threat from beyond the arc every time he steps on the floor. Basketball-Reference.com has his career three-point average at 37.2 percent.
Dunleavy is 6'9", but he's not the typical stretch 4. He's more of a natural small forward with the ability to shoot the ball better than most players at that position, but he's also a poor rebounder for his size.
Either way, Dunleavy was signed to the team to relieve some of the scoring pressure off of Derrick Rose, and that's exactly what he's going to do.
Per 36 minutes, Dunleavy averages 15.2 points for his career, which is decent for his role.
Spark off of the Bench
Dunleavy obviously won't be starting over Luol Deng or Jimmy Butler at the wing positions, but he can be used to give the Bulls a spark on offense if they're struggling to score.
According to Hoops Stats, the Bulls were 23rd in the league in bench scoring in the 2012-13 season, but a huge portion of that is credited to Nate Robinson, who became a starter during the playoffs.
Furthermore, it's unlikely that the Bulls could cough up enough money to re-sign Robinson to a long-term contract.
Dunleavy won't provide the same level of playmaking and intensity, but he's still an effective contributor in limited minutes off of the bench.
For the past two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Dunleavy has averaged 26.1 minutes per game, but only started in six out of 130 games. He still managed to average 11.2 PPG on 45.7 percent shooting from the field and 41.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Inside Scoring Presence
Dunleavy isn't the first name to come to mind when someone mentions "dominant inside scoring presence," but he has been sound at scoring around the rim and close to the basket.
According to Hoop Data, Dunleavy converted on 69.7 percent of his field-goal attempts at the rim in 2012-13 and has only shot under 63 percent from that area in one season during his career.
Additionally, Dunleavy has finished over 45 percent of his attempts from three to nine feet from the basket in five of the last seven seasons.
By no means is he a Dwight Howard or Marc Gasol, but he chooses his spots wisely and takes the most efficient shots available to him.
On a team like the Bulls, who ranked near the bottom in offensive efficiency last season, the addition of Dunleavy will undoubtedly improve the offense.