Devon Dotson, Point Guard, Kansas
- 6’2”, 185 pounds, 21 years of age, out of Charlette, NC
- 2019-20 season: 30 games played, 34.9 minutes played per game, 18.1 points per game, 4.0 assists per game, 4.1 rebounds a game, 2.1 steals a game, 46.8 field goal percentage (30.9% from three), and 83 percent from the free throw line.
- ACCOLADES: Big 12 All-Freshman Team, Big 12 All-Tournament Team, 2019-20: Wooden Award All-America, Consensus All-America Second Team, and Associated Press All-America Second Team.
- ADVANCED STATS STRENGTHS (per tankathon): Def Rating, Box +/-, and Win Shares
- ADVANCED STATS WEAKNESSES (per tankathon): 3P% (30.9%), AST/TO (1.64), and Wingspan (6-foot-3.25)
- CURRENT BIG BOARD RANKINGS: Tankathon (37th), CBS Sports (24th), and Dime Magazine (13th)
Devon Dotson, the 21 year old Point Guard out of the University of Kansas, looks to be a solid guard in a really talented Point Guard class. The 2020 NBA Point Guard Draft Class that features LaMelo Ball, Tre Jones (Tyus Jones’ little brother), and Cole Anthony headline the point guards in the 2020 draft class. One guy that has steadily climbed the draft boards since announcing he would enter the draft - Devon Dotson.
Originally projected to go early in the second round in the 2020 NBA Draft, is now getting some looks from teams in the late first round, and possibly even middle of the first round. The 6’2” point guard out of Kansas, if still available at pick 40, could be a solid pick for the Memphis Grizzlies, as a development guy that could step in as the full-time backup point guard in 2022 when Tyus Jones becomes a free agent. So, who is Devon Dotson, and how does his game translate to the NBA?
What he does well:
Dotson will be entering the NBA as one of the better transition and creating point guards in this years draft. In fact, last season Dotson ranked 1st in transition scoring in the Big XII last season with 4.9 ppg. Dotson thrived in half court setting, ranking 1st in pick and roll scoring at 4.8 ppg. The thing that makes Dotson so good - his finishing through contact, against some of the best defenders in the paint last season.
In an interview with KU Sports, Dotson talked about his raising in Chicago, and identifying with Chicago legend Derrick Rose. “He was just so good at making something out of nothing when attacking the rim,” Dotson told KU Sports, and it relates to his biggest skill offensively - finishing at the rim.
How he can improve:
A first glance, I noticed that Dotson’s jumper takes time to get off. The release is slow, but that can be adjusted, but this is one thing that can make or break him. Devon shot only 30.9% from three during the 2019-20 season, and only made around one three pointer on four attempts last season. Dotson’s shot resembles former Grizzly guard Andrew Harrison. Both struggled from the bottom to the top of their jump shot.
Dotson’s assist to turnover ratio isn’t ideal either. During the 2019-20 season, Dotson averaged 4.1 assists per game, but also averaged 2.4 turnovers a game, which both statistics just aren’t good. The assist number needs to be around six or more, for the turnovers to be okay, but one number is too low, while the other is way too high. It seems Dotson struggles seeing the floor in half-court sets, and then when driving the paint, Dotson puts himself in tough spots when leaving his feet. It is all things that can be worked out with film, and practices in the NBA.
The Fit and Verdict:
If Devon were to fall the Memphis Grizzlies at number 40 in the 2020 NBA Draft, it’ll most likely be the best possible player on the board. If Memphis were to pick Dotson with their second round pick, it’ll strictly based on the future, and grooming him to run behind Ja Morant when Jones becomes a free agent in 2022.
Being completely honest, it doesn’t look like Devon Dotson will be on the board when the Grizzlies are on the clock in the second round on draft night. Even if Dotson is there, you’d think that the Grizzlies would take a position of need with that pick, but it all depends on who is on the board when Memphis’ name is called.