Knicks who could benefit from second bubble: Damyean Dotson
If you are a member of #KnicksTwitter, Damyean Dotson’s name has surely come up on your timeline over the past few days. After the Hard Knicks Life Podcast shared a snippet of audio where they questioned whether Dotson is an NBA player, the Knicks guard responded with his own tweet. Amazingly, even the Knicks official Twitter account seemed to weigh in by conveniently posting a thread of appreciation for the third-year player.
Dotson is set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, and while his qualifying offer is only a shade over $2 million, a second bubble could be the perfect place for him to cement his case for a larger contract.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t given the opportunity to shine after the hiring of Leon Rose, limited to only six games in February and March. Dotson being buried on the bench behind veteran players is a frustration point among Knicks fans.
The 25-year-old guard shot 41.5% from the field and 36.2% from three-point range this season, as he continues to profile as an energetic 3-and-D player. The Warriors, Jazz, and Bucks have all expressed interest in acquiring Dotson for that exact role, especially since he is on such a cost-effective salary.
The question for the Knicks is whether his value is worth a second contract with the team, or if they could replace his production with another young player, potentially from the upcoming draft where they have a late first and early second round pick, in addition to their lottery selection.