It's officially time to bench Mike Dunleavy. I just do not see what he brings to the Pacers anymore. His only ability seems to be to hit wide open 3 point shots. He can't play defense, rebound, or create his own shot. His "high basketball IQ" seems to translate into running around back and forth on the baseline which is looking more and more like the basketball equivalent of "paper shuffling" in the office giving the appearance that you are actually working.
With the emergence of D. Jones, it's time to get Brandon Rush into the starting lineup and see what he can do. He can shoot just as well as Dunleavy, however he is 10 times the athlete, can D-up and create. D. Jones can remain as the backup because he has earned it and is literally winning games for us. As far as B-Rush is concerned, I'm foaming at the mouth to see what he can do now that JOB aka "Worst Coach Who Ever Lived" is gone. Isn't it fair to assume that his game will elevate like everyone else's has?? Isn't it fair to assume that perhaps his confidence was up and down like Big Roy's due to JOB? Let's face it, Dunleavy is NOT the future. Brandon Rush at least potentially is with either him or Paul George starting at the 2 or playing significant 6th man minutes like Jalen used to do before he started should they decide to start PG at the 2.
There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for Dunleavy to continue playing big minutes. His trade stock is not going any higher, his contract is up in a few months, and he's just NOT that good. Yes, I understand he can get hot and drain some shots like he did against Milwaukee but it's not enough. I believe he is actually the one player who has digressed under Vogel. He's not scoring much and he's turning the ball over a lot. Did you see his fast break in Miami with LeBron chasing him?? That could only be described as embarrassingly pathetic and border-line criminal. He crapped in his pants. Please don't tell me he was trying to make some kind of basketball play. You are 6'10" and make 10 million dollars a year...go up and try to dunk it you candy a$$!!!! Yes, Lebron was bearing down and probably would have blocked it but at least Granger could have cleaned it up. You may have even flushed it AND drawn a foul...ever think of that??? You did what I would have done...gotten rid of it and ran as fast as I could down the tunnel....only difference is I am 6' and could not have made my high school JV team.
In conclusion, bringing in B-Rush could only make us much better, not worse. And hey,,,,if it doesn't work and he goes back to being too inconsistent and disappearing, we can always bring back Dunleavy from the pine.