Andre Dawkins signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics out of the D-League and here is a scouting report on his game:
Situation: The undrafted rookie from Duke played well in the summer league and earned a contract with the Miami Heat prior to this season. After appearing in just four games with Miami, he was waived before his contract was fully guaranteed. He joined the Sioux Falls Skyforce and was immediately one of the top prospects in the D-League. In a little more than two weeks, Dawkins earned a new NBA contract with the Celtics in hopes that he can provide some outside shooting long-term. He’s expected to still spend most of his time in the D-League on his 10-day deal, however, as Boston plans to evaluate him with the affiliated Maine Red Claws.
Size/Athleticism: Dawkins is actually a pretty good athlete vertically, but rarely uses this aspect of his game. He isn’t very quick and lacks ideal size at 6-foot-4. Dawkins has some bulk on his frame but isn’t the quickest or biggest guard. He has average size and athleticism for the NBA level.
Ballhandling: Dawkins has shown improvement in this area, but won’t create most of his offense off the bounce. He can create some separation with one or two quick dribble moves, but can get sloppy when trying to do too much. Dawkins can improve on creating his own shot.
Shooting: A pure shooter, this is Dawkins’ greatest strength as a prospect. He’s shooting a lights-out 51.0% from three-point range in Sioux Falls while averaging 4.8 made three-pointers per game. He’s taken 60.8% of his shot attempts from beyond that arc and shows excellent form on his jumper. Dawkins has deep range as a shooter and can bring a flawless jump shot to the NBA level.
Penetration: Dawkins has taken just 18.7% of his shot attempts from inside 8 feet in the D-League this year. He isn’t a slasher, but did show some makings of a post game at the D-League Showcase. He’s trying to expand his scoring arsenal, but his game revolves around the jump shot.
Passing: While he isn’t much of a creator, Dawkins is averaging 3.4 assists per game in Sioux Falls. He makes the right reads and understands where to put the ball, but isn’t going to be a set-up man.
Defense: Dawkins lacks the lateral quickness to defend explosive offensive guards. He has some strength to help limit penetration, but needs to improve in this area. He will likely guard the worst offensive option on the wing.
Rebounding: Dawkins chips in 3.2 rebounds per game in the D-League. He won’t be utilized in this area often as Dawkins is at his best spotting up in transition.
Versatility: As a lights-out shooter and average ballhandler, Dawkins is limited to the shooting guard position. Defensively, he’ll have to guard opposing twos or smaller threes depending on the player’s offensive skill set.
Final Analysis: When it comes to three-point snipers, Dawkins may be the best in the D-League. He’s averaging 22.9 points per game with 14.4 of those points coming from behind the arc. Dawkins has shown some improvement in expanding his offensive game, but still needs to work as a ballhandler and defender. Sometimes prospects possessing one elite skill turn out better than versatile players that are just solid in all aspects. Dawkins will try to follow the paths of elite D-League shooters like Danny Green or Troy Daniels at the next level, carving a niche as an NBA sharpshooter.