Knicks rookie Damyean Dotson hasn't been with the Knicks for long, but he's drawing some high praise from his teammates.
Tim Hardaway Jr. compared the 44th overall pick in this year's draft to a defensive stalwart that used to play for the Knicks.
"Dot, when you see him out there, he's a football player,'' Hardaway said, according to the New York Post. "He guards me every day in practice. He's going to give you his all, every possession, no matter how tired he is. Built strong, athletic, takes nothing from nobody. That's what we love.
"Definitely reminds me of [Iman Shumpert]. They got that grittiness and desire to play defense.''
In his final season at the University of Houston, Dotson averaged 17.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek has also been impressed by Dotson's play on both ends of the floor in the preseason. In four games, Dotson has averaged seven points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
"Some guys, you're going, 'I hope he makes [the shot]','' Hornacek said. "But with Dot, you really think it's going in. But I think what's been impressive to the coaches has been his defense. Especially one-on-one. He can get after it."