NBA draft profile: South Carolina guard PJ Dozier
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2017 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed four picks: 1, 37, 53, and 56. The draft will be held June 22 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Name: PJ Dozier
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
College: South Carolina
Weight: 200 pounds
Key 2016-17 stats: 13.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Scouting Report: The South Carolina sophomore guard shot 40.7 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from beyond the arc. He led his team in assists with 101 during the 2016-17 season and was ranked second in steals with 60.
In his collegiate career-ending loss in the Final Four against Gonzaga, he exploded for a team-high 17 points. He went 7-for-16 from the field and also managed to pull down nine rebounds. He is a long guard who runs the floor hard in transition. He uses his length to his advantage when finishing at the rim; he is especially efficient with his reverse layup using the basket to combat shot blockers. Dozier fully extends his reach with his creative finishes to score.
His length also helps him of the defensive end of the court. He challenges opponents to make difficult interior passes around his reach. Dozier contests every shot, either at the rim or along the perimeter. As an aggressive defender, NBA franchises could use him as a lockdown defender against bigger guards.
At 29.9 percent from behind the arc, Dozier’s shooting game is inconsistent to the point where he could be considered a liability on the offensive end. He aims his shots in catch-and-shoot situations which typically don’t make it onto the rim. Off the dribble, he struggles to create space with defenders if a lane doesn’t open up to the rim which results in either a rushed or low percentage shot.
“PJ’s big thing is going to be can he make outside shots. It’s going to be very difficult for him to prove himself in the NBA as a non-shooting point guard,” ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said to SEC Country. “He obviously had a very, very good season. He’s got good size. He plays with toughness, but the simple fact is you can’t — it’s hard to be on the floor when you’re a career 30 percent three-point shooter and a 60 percent free-throw shooting. That has got to be his No. 1 concern, or at least point of emphasis, moving forward. I’m sure he’s already started to do that. And good luck to him because he’s a great kid.”
The Celtics currently have multiple guards like Avery Bradley and Jaylen Brown that have the length and ability to be lockdown defenders on guards and small forwards respectively. However, with the inability to consistently hit shots from perimeter, Dozier is predictable with his straight-line drive to the rim. While Dozier is a player that could fit into the Celtics’ style of play, adding another player to the roster that replicates what you already have on the defensive end seems unlikely.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog