After Semi Ojeleye, Jordan Bell, and Jawun Evans all came off the board just before Atlanta’s selection, the Hawks took Tyler Dorsey, a 6’5” guard out of the University of Oregon, with the 41st pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. Dorsey, if he’ll do nothing else in his NBA career, will get buckets.
An excellent scorer both in the paint and from outside, Dorsey will provide an offensive punch off the bench, both as the primary ball-handler slashing into the paint and an off-ball spot-up shooter. He’s an excellent finisher with both hands and can get into the restricted area at will with his solid handle.
Dorsey isn’t a particularly skilled passer, but as either a backup point guard or an off-guard when Dennis Schröder is in the game, he doesn’t have to be a magnificent passer to do his job. He’ll be able to space the floor around Schröder when they play together, a welcome skill for the spacing-starved Hawks.
At his size, his 6’5” wingspan is slightly disappointing and will limit his upside on the defensive end. Not unlike a lot of score-first guards, he wasn’t the most focused defender in college basketball, especially in off-ball situations.
Against slower, bigger point guards, he’ll be able to defend on ball and his lack of length won’t hurt him as much against a smaller player. He’s not afraid to mix it up; he’s a very good rebounder for his size, both on the offensive and defensive glass.
In the middle of the second round, teams aren’t going to find many NBA-ready players. Dorsey already has the offensive skills to contribute immediately and getting him into Hawks University will improve his defense and passing immensely.