Damyean Dotson is a 25-year old, 6-6 shooting guard who was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2017. Since then he has shown glimpses of his ability.
When discussing the New York Knicks young core, Damyean Dotson does not readily come to mind. In the same draft where Frank Ntilikina was picked eighth in the first round, Dotson went 14th in the second round
Damyean Dotson can’t be dismissed because he wasn’t a Scott Perry draft pick. In Dotson, the New York Knicks have a proven catch and shoot, off the dribble three-point sharpshooter. Dotson holds his own and fans should remember how he helped the Knicks close out the 17 games they won last season. He’s also a defensive presence on both ends of the court.
In 40 games played this season, Dotson is shooting 42 percent from the field, 34 percent from outside which is an effective field goal percentage of 51.3.
In Dotson’s last six games:
- vs the Philadelphia 76ers – “DNP-coach’s decision”;
- vs the Cleveland Cavaliers in 21 minutes -12 points and five rebounds;
- vs the Los Angeles Lakers in 27 – 17 points and two rebounds;
- vs the Toronto Raptors in 27 minutes – 21 points and two rebounds;
- vs the Brooklyn Nets in 19 minutes – four points and two rebounds;
- vs the Charlotte Hornets in 18 minutes – six points and four rebounds.
Dotson’s biggest problem, unfortunately, is his inconsistency. That is a problem that he must face, and fix to stay a member of this team. That is if he even wants to stay here.
Compared to Bullock’s numbers, 42 percent from the field, 34 percent from the three-point range and an effective rating of 50 percent. There isn’t a good reason for someone other than Dotson to be the permanent relief behind RJ Barrett.
Bullock hasn’t distinguished himself over Dotson. So far this season (of which he has only played 14 games), Bullock hasn’t distinguished himself over Dotson. In the same six games Bullock had:
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- vs Philadelphia 76ers in 34 minutes – 14 points and two rebounds;
- vs Cleveland Cavaliers in 30 minutes – 12 points and two rebounds;
- vs Los Angeles Lakers in 21 minutes – five points and three rebounds;
- vs Toronto Raptors in 22 minutes – 11 points and three rebounds;
- vs Brooklyn Nets in 31 minutes – 10 points and five rebounds;
- vs Charlotte Hornets in 28 minutes – six points and two rebounds.
Coach Miller is using an all veteran starting lineup at this time. Whether that is to win more games or showcase their talent for trade is unknown. What is known is that the Knicks are 13-35 of 48 games played.
Who they can trade and what will they get in return is a big question. One that will be answered by February 7. In this writer’s opinion, Damyean Dotson need not be in the trade conversation.
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