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The New York Knicks Select Damyean Dotson in the Second Round of the 2017 NBA Draft

Houston’s big time scorer looks to compete for a roster spot on the Knicks

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With the 14th pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft (44th overall), the New York Knicks selected University of Houston guard Damyean Dotson.

Dotson is a 6'7" shot maker at the projected shooting guard position who played four years in college, his first two at the University of Oregon. In his 2016–17 campaign, Damyean averaged 17.4 points, 5th in the American Athletic Conference, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists while shooting 46.9 percent, 44.1 percent from three, and 83 percent from the free-throw line (via Basketball-Reference). Per DraftExpress, Dotson presented favorable numbers from beyond the arc, but struggled to demonstrate shot creation or athleticism in the next level of the game.

Notably, Dotson was involved in a sexual assault investigation while attending Oregon. Dotson, along with two teammates, were suspended by the Ducks’ basketball team during the investigation; the victim claimed Dotson forcibly brought her into a taxi and subsequently in his apartment, where the alleged sexual assault occurred. Ultimately, the charges were dropped.

Sexual assault accusations are not uncommon for the Knicks; infamously, Derrick Rose missed most of the preseason during his civil trial in Los Angeles in 2016.

Dotson has good size for a shooting guard at the top level of basketball, and a nice shooting stroke, but will have to work on his strength and athleticism is translate positively in the league. He’ll compete for a guard spot on the Knicks’ roster in 2017–18.

Reid Goldsmith, managing editor

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