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Examining Tyler Dorsey: Q&A with Oliver Maroney of DimeMag

August 9th, 2017 at 7:17 AM
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The Atlanta Hawks made an investment in former Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. While Hawks fans did not have the opportunity to see a full slate from Dorsey in the Las Vegas Summer League, Oliver Maroney of UPROXX’s DimeMag has observed and scouted for Dorsey for quite a while and he has agreed to answer a few questions to provide background on the rookie.

Q: Tyler Dorsey jumped on to the NBA Draft map after a big-time performance in the NCAA Tournament. How indicative was that performance when compared to the rest of his college showing?

A: It was certainly more impressive than his regular season. Dorsey played a much bigger role with Oregon once Chris Boucher went down. He took more of a leadership role and got more touches. Once the tournament started, you could tell he was going to be one of the two primary ball handlers and the team just seemed to be ok with him becoming a more ball dominant player. He started to take on a huge offensive load and thankfully, it worked.

For me, Dorsey doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective. He’s an incredible shooter, but what we saw in the NCAA tournament was sheer volume. For him to feel comfortable, I think Oregon realized they needed him to have the ball to see the best of Dorsey. This, to me, became an issue. Even though you saw his career-highs and big moments come in the tournament, you knew he could be just as lethal without the ball but he hadn’t shown much of that.

Q: The big concern (one that has been stated by the team) with Dorsey is on the defensive end. What have you seen from him at the college level and what …

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