Hawks 2018-19 Player Preview: Tyler Dorsey

Tyler Dorsey (USAToday)

The Greek 6’5 shooting guard from Oregon Tyler Dorsey is coming into his second season with the Hawks with a lot of confidence. Dorsey got some good minutes late into the season last year and has said he has a better flow of the NBA. Like a lot of young Hawks players he has to earn minutes on this team. Dorsey might be smaller than your traditional shooting guard but his shooting skills and scoring ability make him a standout. I see his game only improving this year.

Dorsey was a second round pick last year with a decorated college career. Dorsey wasn’t drafted for his defense, it’s his shooting ability that makes him coveted and how he creates his own shot. Last year he started 5 games and averaged 17 minutes per game. The Hawks were low on talent last year so Dorsey was able to find his own game and focus on getting better. Last season on April 6 he scored his career high 22pts off the bench showing what he’s capable of. The flaring weakness in Dorsey’s game is his defense. He doesn’t have the speed or size to be a good defender but if he works hard on it he can be average.
Tyler Dorsey said this offseason “he can’t stay out the gym “, he has been working relentlessly on his ball skills and jumper and should see a big improvement this year. It’s up to Dorsey to find a fit in Coach Pierce’s offense. He averaged 7 points in 17 minutes his rookie year and hopes to see more action this year. The Hawks do have a lot of young guards so it will be a fight for playing time, but Dorsey is one of the best shooters on the team,so as long as he improves on other things I see this being a good year for him.
Evan Nix

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