Dan Dickau was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks in a trade, along with Erick Dampier, Evan Eschmeyer and the draft rights to Steve Logan from the Golden State Warriors in return for Christian Laettner, Eduardo Najera, two first-round draft choices, cash considerations and the rights to Luis Flores and Mladen Sekularec on August 24, 2004.
Dickau began his college career at the University of Washington but transferred after his sophomore season. After sitting out his transfer year, he attended Gonzaga where, his junior year, he led the team to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA basketball Tournament. Despite missing nine games due to a broken finger, Dickau played in 24 games averaging 18.9 points and 6.3 assists.
As a senior, he raised his scoring average to 21.0 points on his way to being named a First Team All-American. So impressive was his play that the Sacramento Kings selected him in the first round of the 2002 NBA draft.
The Kings traded his rights to Atlanta (the first of eight trades in his career) and in Dickau's rookie season he saw action in 50 games averaging 3.7 points. The next season he played his first 23 games with the Hawks before being traded to Portland as part of the Rasheed Wallace deal. He played in 20 games with Portland before being traded during the offseason to the Golden State Warriors who, after only one month, sent him on to the Mavericks.
He was with Dallas coming out of training camp for the 2004-2005 season. In just over a month with the team he played in 4 games averaging 1.3 points in only 16 minutes of court time. He was 1-8 from the field, 2-3 from the charity stripe and 103 from three-point range. On December 3, 2004, the Mavs moved the 6'0 guard to the New Orleans Hornets.
It was with the Hornets, that Dickau posted his best professional numbers. Seeing action in 67 games for the New Orleans, he averaged career-bests 13.2 ppg and 5.2 apg. Despite the impressive stats, he was traded to Boston just prior to the 2005-2006 season.
Hoping to build on his success of the previous year, Dickau played in 19 games for the Celtics, averaging 3.3 points, before rupturing his achilles tendon and ending his season on December 5, 2005. Following that season, he was sent back to the Portland Trail Blazers in a trade.
During his second stint with the Blazers, he averaged 3.3 points over 50 games. The eighth, and final, trade of Dickau's career came in June of 2007 when Portland send him to the New York Knicks as part of the Zach Randolph trade. Immediately released by the Knicks, he caught on two days later with the Los Angeles Clippers where he played in 2007-2008, his final NBA season.
He was invited to training camp with Golden State in 2008 and Phoenix in 2009 but failed to make either roster. Dickau did play overseas and in the NBA D-League before retiring from professional basketball.
Today, he is actively involved in his very successful "Dan Dickau Basketball Academy" in Vancouver, Washington.