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Damyean Dotson to Detroit?


Pistons Looking to add shooting?

The Detroit Pistons are reportedly interested in second year wing Damyean Dotson of the New York Knicks, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. Who’s that you ask? Certainly not a household name, Dotson was taken in the second round of last years’ draft. He attended the University of Oregon and then the University of Houston after a sexual assault accusation led to his expulsion from the former–  more on that in a minute.

New York is wise to shop Dotson, as he’s still on his rookie deal and can provide a shooting spark off the bench. Based on this, you’d expect that Dotson has some value. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Knicks at least re-coup the second pick they used to take him a year ago.

The former 44th overall pick is putting up some decent numbers for a tanking Knicks team that is just a complete mess. Currently he’s averaging about 11.5 points per game, knocking down 47% of his shots from the field including 39% of his three-point attempts. That mark would be the best on this Pistons squad if you were curious, topping Blake Griffin‘s 36% clip from beyond the arc.

His damage is done primarily coming off the bench which would be another bonus for Detroit, as their bench unit has struggled to score lately. Tag on the losses of Ish Smith and Stanley Johnson over the past few games to injury, and that need grows even more.

Character issues?

As mentioned earlier, Dotson was expelled from the University of Oregon when he and a former teammate were accused of sexual assault. I won’t provide details here but if you are curious, just go ahead and google — you’ll find some very heinous accusations against the young man.

It should be mentioned that there were no formal charges pressed again Dotson, but from what’s been reported, it’s clear he was in the wrong and regrets his actions. Still, as a role player in the NBA, things like this can completely dismantle your career. It’s certainly something that Detroit’s going to have to take into consideration before making any deal for him.

Deal or no deal?

Without knowing what New York is looking for in return for Dotson, it’s difficult to come up with hypothetical trade packages. But what fun would it be if we didn’t try?

Let’s start here, not sure if Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News meant to imply a deal that would be a swap of Luke Kennard and Dotson, but Detroit should hang up if that’s the asking price. What would a more realistic package be? Perhaps Detroit offers the often forgotten Henry Ellenson in a straight up swap? Probably a no for the Knicks, but maybe the Pistons could attach a second round pick to sweeten the deal a bit?

Thanks to SVG and the draft night trade to move up and select Khryi Thomas, the Pistons find themselves a bit short on second rounders. So you’d have to imagine they explore other possibilities to add shooting before moving another.

Not surprised to see Detroit kicking the tires on the little shooting that is available before the December 15th “opening” for trading recently signed players. They’d be best served by trying to tread water as best they can and allowing the market to open up as we get further into the season.


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