The Celtics have agreed to sign 6 ft., 7 inch combo guard P.J. Dozier to a two-way contract for the 2018-19 NBA season. Many of you are probably unfamiliar with this name, as Dozier has yet to make his mark at the highest level.
P.J. Dozier is a former five star recruit and McDonald’s All American, who committed to play for Frank Martin and the South Carolina Gamecocks in 2015. Being a South Carolina fan myself, I have had the privilege of watching Dozier in his two years as a member of the Garnet and Black. During his tenure in college, Dozier came in with high expectations and struggled with his jump shot. He was seen as a big point guard, who had great play-making skills. He could get to the rim with ease and find his teammates all over the floor. With a 7 ft. wingspan, Dozier was an elite defender and helped South Carolina to their first Final Four in school history. After the 2017 Final Four run, many expected Dozier to stay for his junior year. He did not do that and ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers as an undrafted free agent. Obviously, someone got into Dozier‘s head and told him that he would’ve been drafted. Dozier averaged 14.6/2.9/4.7/1.9 in his 2017 Sophomore campaign. The biggest improvement he made was his three point shot, which went up to 39.4% from 21.3% in his Freshman season.
Last year as a 21 year old, Dozier played in 43 games with the Thunder affiliate G League team, where he averaged 12.9/5.6/2.7/1.3.
Overall, I think this is a talented player, who is definitely worthy of a two-way roster spot. This isn’t some journeyman player who is on his age 29 season. I think he has the upside of becoming a quality backup point guard in the NBA. The biggest obstacle is whether or not Dozier can find a consistent jump-shot. We’ll see if Brad Stevens can help this young man grow into the player he is capable of becoming.
Here is a clip of Dozier in the G League Last year.
And of course I’m going to drop a clip of his South Carolina highlights