The Knicks selected SG Knicks SG Damyean Dotson with 44th overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Dotson averaged 17.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.1 apg in 2016-17 as a senior at Houston.
Mike Schmitz, Julian Applebome, and Ryan Thomson of Draft Express: "While not a very prolific shot creator, he's shown a solid feel for the game and the ability to make the simple pass, despite pedestrian assist numbers at Houston. Dotson has good feet on the other side of the ball, and while wiry, possesses the size and length to check ones and most twos in the half court, while rebounding at an excellent rate for his position - 8.5 per 40 minutes"
Phil Jackson has made a habit out of drafting international prospects and collegiate seniors during his executive tenure. Dotson is next in this line of succession. He has decent scoring ability, but his overall game is still raw.
This will force the Knicks to utilize their G League team to aid his development, which isn't such a bad thing. Still, SMU's Sterling Brown represented more of a sure thing and he went two picks later at No. 46. Brown is a lights out shooter and could make a sooner impact, but is an undersized guard. Dotson boasts more versatility as a lengthy 3 and D guy.