Milwaukee Bucks: Devon Dotson is an ideal point guard target in this NBA Draft

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Milwaukee Bucks, NBA Draft, Devon Dotson
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What the experts say

ESPN [$] (Jonathan Givony): 31st

The Athletic [$] (Sam Vecenie): 36th

Sports Illustrated (Jeremy Woo): 48th

Sporting News (Chris Stone): 22nd

Bleacher Report (Jonathan Wassermann): 37th

The Ringer (Kevin O’Connor): 26th


Standing more skeptical on Dotson than the general consensus, Woo laid out why, despite his impressive leap as a sophomore, Dotson’s physical limitations, shooting concerns and score-first instincts may limit him from enjoying the same level of success as he did in college compared to the pros:

"“Dotson has put together another impressive year at Kansas, but in a potentially point guard-heavy draft, his lack of physical tools and average dynamism as a passer make it more likely that he ends up in the second round. Dotson’s game is predicated on his blazing speed and a lot of drive-and-kick, both of which should translate to an extent. But he may just be an average jump shooter, and he‘s not a prolific assist man, either. It helps that Dotson is a plus defensively in terms of toughness and effort, but at his size, it’ll be a more difficult task in the NBA. He’s definitely draftable, and with continued development could become a solid backup, but he’s more undersized scorer than creative playmaker, and that makes for a trickier sell here.”"

Identifying him as his “hiding in plain sight” guard prospect in this class, The Athletic’s John Hollinger ($) pointed to Dotson’s blazing speed and penetrating capabilities as why he’s well suited to the spaced-out NBA game:

"“It goes without saying that Dotson’s blow-by quickness should be weaponized much more effectively in the pro game. He has his warts if you look closely enough — he’s on the small side, he’s not a great distributor, and the shot is just okay. But anybody who gets into the paint this easily is going to have value in the NBA. In a weak draft, he’s an obvious first-rounder who could end up in my top 15 when I’m done ranking everyone.”"