Mike Dunleavy Jr., former small forward for the Golden State Warriors, has returned to Oracle Arena. At Monday’s Media Day, the team announced a flurry of additions and promotions, most notably Dunleavy Jr’s role as pro scout.
Warriors announce promotions and additions to basketball operations staff: pic.twitter.com/sYFtkBiNXv— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) September 24, 2018
Dunleavy was drafted by the Warriors in 2002, and stayed with the team until he was traded during the 2006-07 season, as part of the package that brought Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington to the Bay. During his four and a half years with the Warriors, Dunleavy averaged 10.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
He went on to play 15 seasons, before retiring in 2017. While the former Duke product never quite lived up to his draft pedigree, he was always respected as a smart player who understood the game, so this next step in his career isn’t too surprising. It also was hinted at recently on The Lowe Post podcast, when Dunleavy’s friend and current NBA player JJ Redick said that Dunleavy has stayed around the game, and would be announcing something soon.
Also of note in the hirings is none other than Nick Kerr, son of Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. After working for Kerr’s old coach, Gregg Popovich, as a member of the San Antonio Spurs organization, Nick is teaming up with his old man under the title of assistant video coordinator.
Among the many other moves, the team is officially promoting Bruce Fraser to assistant coach, and Chris DeMarco to assistant coach and director of player development. The team also announced a full training staff to replace the departed Chelsea Lane.