It’s been a long, long season for the Knicks. Filled with negatives and positives, this season was dedicated to the development of our younger players. One player whose development has shown brightly is the second year guard out of the University of Houston, Damyean Dotson.
The 24-year-old guard drafted 44th overall in 2017 has seen his ups and downs throughout his two-year career in the NBA. He barely saw the court last year with Jeff Hornacek as head coach, but David Fizdale has shown his confidence in him this year.
After the Kristap Porzingis trade that sent Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. to Dallas, the wing guard position logjam was essentially no longer an issue. Dotson got his minutes and most nights he rose to the occasion. Other nights, he looked like a second-year project guard that would look better in West Chester playing for the Knicks G-League affiliate.
But his number has risen after averaging just under 11 minutes a game last year. This year Coach Fizdale has Dotson getting valuable minutes and lately, he’s been making the most of his 25 per contest. Just need it to be more consistent and he’ll become a valuable rotation piece if Free Agency is good to the Knicks.
He’s averaging 10 points per while shooting 41% from the field this year. But the Knicks are looking for an improvement on his 38% shooting from deep on his 4 attempts a night. But over the last 16 games since the trade, his play has been different.
Dotson has been getting 28 minutes a night, getting most of the starting nods since then and has upped his scoring average to 12 points a game but has been Hardaway Jr. like inefficient. He’s getting more scoring chances with Tim gone, but he’s not doing a lot of with them shooting only 38% from the field, while his 3 point shooting was basically around his career mark.
With him being a shooter mainly and a streaky one at that, it begs to wonder what’s next for Dotson and the Knicks. Is he even in the future plans? If so, is he a rotational piece or just someone to hang out at the end of the bench? With the summer approaching, we will find out sooner than later.