This will be an important season for Damyean Dotson as he heads into his second year in the NBA. Dotson has what appears to be a plethora of opportunities with a New York Knicks team that’s not yet ready to compete.
After showing glimpses of becoming a player similar to Courtney Lee, Dotson is a nice project to have after knowing his reputation as a 3-and-D guard for the University of Houston.
We didn’t see much from him in Summer League, which is nothing to be alarmed about. I see Dotson as someone who can make his teammates better while on the floor.
Dotson seems to be a player who can facilitate at an above-average level for a shooting guard, has the potential and size to defend multiple positions, and can spread the floor efficiently.
Although he seems to be a good mold of a shooting guard, he isn’t getting any younger at 24, and may have a hard time showing vast improvements at this stage in his career. But there’s hope for the neophyte after showing flashes of a valuable rotational player.
All we can hope for is that his jersey number doesn’t mirror the career of a former 21, Iman Shumpert. As someone who started off their career showing some of the same flashes, Dotson needs to show steady improvement in year two.
With Allonzo Trier being one of the players who signed a two-way contract with the Knicks, it seems that he will not be at the top of the depth chart; at least not at this point in his career.
Trier’s Summer League performance was another reason Knicks fan should get excited for this new wave of players. After demonstrating that he could be a force to be reckoned with on the offensive side, the Knicks would be smart to use Trier as something of a stash-type player.
He will be given the opportunity to get enough playing time in the G-League with the Westchester Knicks, and if the Knicks see a shortage of guards arise due to roster cuts or injuries, Trier would be the perfect player to have as insurance.