Milwaukee Bucks: Pros and cons of potential Damyean Dotson signing

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Cons

There are obvious cons and limitations to what Dotson would likely offer the Bucks, but that is very much tied to the limited resources the Bucks may be left to fill out their roster with in free agency.

Still, to be specific, Dotson’s solid shooting over his career to date should still cause a few reservations in attempting to project out additional improvement or a bigger role.

A career 36.1 percent success rate from deep is undoubtedly steady, but that efficiency has only come on a very modest volume to date. Dotson has averaged 3.5 triple attempts per game for his career, which translates to 1.2 makes per contest.

If Dotson was to join the Bucks and be thrust into the team’s “Let It Fly” offensive philosophy, there would be no guarantee that his existing efficiency would hold up alongside a higher volume of attempts, never mind the possibility of further jumps occurring in line with that.

It’s also worth mentioning that Dotson’s role has dwindled as the current season has gone on, and more generally there are challenges with trying to assess the fit of a player who has mostly played sparingly for a team that has lost relentlessly since he entered into the league.

Away from basketball, there’s also the issue that Dotson’s time playing college basketball at Oregon was cut short due to sexual assault allegations made against him and two of his then teammates. No charges were ever filed due to lack of evidence, but the details of the event were particularly heinous, and the official word was that there was little doubt to their veracity, as Zach Braziller of the New York Post detailed back in 2017.

"“Citing lack of evidence and conflicting reports, no charges were filed by the Lane County District Attorney office. However, then-district attorney Alex Gardner did write in an April 14 statement that “there is no doubt the incidents occurred.””"

All accounts of Dotson’s character in the time since seem to be nothing but glowing, suggesting evidence of someone who has taken full advantage of the second chance that’s fallen his way, but there’s little question that those allegations from his time in college will always cast a particularly long shadow over his career and character.

The Bucks have made no secret of prizing character and looking to build a roster comprised of a certain type of individual in recent years, and certainly if they are interested in Dotson, it would seem likely that they’d have to investigate that element of his past and weigh up who they feel he has become in the time since.

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From a basketball perspective, there’s a lot to like about what Dotson could offer, particularly if it was at a low price, but Milwaukee’s decision may ultimately be influenced by a range of factors that are considerably more complicated than that too.