Every NBL offseason, if you listen closely, you can hear the name of Mike Dunigan whispered through the breeze in Perth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVoNR5zWBSk&w=640&h=360 It’s peculiar that this player, who made a brief four-game cameo as an injury replacement for Matty Knight in 2012-13, resonates with pockets of a fan base with no shortage of championship heroes. Dunigan’s cult status is a sign that, for all the success that the Wildcats have enjoyed in recent years, they have never quite managed to win over the NBL’s style critics. The Wildcats have built a perennial championship contender based on defensive grit, eschewing the eye-catching offensive fireworks of the pace-and space era. Despite the wins, the rings, the banners and the record-breaking consecutive finals appearances, these post-millennial Wildcats are yet to attract the kind of admiration reserved for teams like Joey Wright’s 2006-07 Brisbane Bullets juggernaut, or even Rob Beveridge’s upstart 80-shots-per-game Illawarra Hawks of 2015-16.