The rookie had himself a decent season.
A second-round pick in 2017, Tyler Dorsey didn’t have many expectations for his first season. It was evident the Hawks loved his shooting coming out of Oregon, and all they had to do was develop him into a great system player. He had struggles in the Summer League, most notably with his jump shot, and at first glance, it looked like it may take a moment for Dorsey to see the court for the Hawks.
That’s exactly what happened at the beginning of the season. They sent him to the Erie Bayhawks in November for a couple of games, since he wasn’t getting much playing time in the NBA. January is when Dorsey started to see little minutes for the team. It looked like every game Dorsey was improving, both with his shot and fitting within the Hawks season. Dorsey had a stretch in February where he scored 10+ in 4 straight games. After that, he was one of the first players coming off the bench.
When it was announced that Kent Bazemore would be out for the rest of the season, Coach Bud immediately put Dorsey in the starting lineup. For those two weeks, Dorsey didn’t look like the answer as a starter, and he was a better fit to come off the bench.
Through the 3 games he started, he scored 11, 3, and 7 points. You could tell that Dorsey wasn’t ready for that type of role, and eventually, Damion Lee took his spot in the starting lineup. When he started to come off the bench again, his scoring increased.
What we learned is that the Dorsey may be a better fit to be an immediate scoring option for the second unit. He could also become a nice playmaker for the team as well as he develops himself in the system.
The way his season went, you can tell he will only get better going into his 2nd season as a Hawk and may have a bigger role as well.
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