Mike Dunleavy of the Indiana Pacers was one of the biggest hits in the fantasy basketball world last season. This year, the lanky forward has been injured for most of the season. It was revealed recently that his NBA was in jeopardy about a month ago. That’s when Dunleavy decided to have a risky surgery to remove a bone spur in his knee.
Thankfully, the surgery was a success and doctors no longer fear that Dunleavy’s career is in jeopardy. That said, he’s going to be sidelined for a long time. At the very earliest, the Pacers expect Dunleavy back on the court in January of 2010.
After averaging 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 82 games last season for the Pacers, Dunleavy was only able to play 18 games this year in which he averaged 15.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
In the early part of his career, Dunleavy was considered a bust while playing with the Golden State Warriors. After a trade to the Pacers in the middle of the 2006-07 season, the change of scenery did wonders for Dunleavy’s game and last year he blossomed.
For fantasy basketball purposes, Dunleavy would be a very risky pick in 2009-10 fantasy basketball drafts. He could miss half the season or he could miss the whole season if Indiana opts to bring him back slowly. As it looks right now, it’d be best to allow another fantasy owner take the risk.
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