5 - Tyler Dorsey

6-4, 185 Shooting Guard
Oregon Sophomore
02/14/96 (25 yrs)
Los Angeles, CA
High School
Pasadena Maranatha
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Quincy Douby

Strengths: Dorsey ended his Oregon career on fire, leading the somewhat depleted Ducks all the way to the Final Four … He finished the year with eight straight 20-plus point games, while earning the nickname “Mr. March” for his stellar play in big games … He continued his momentum into the NBA Combine, where he posted per 40 averages of 21.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists on 56% shooting from three-point range in two games … Dorsey’s play over the last few months has vaulted him into an intriguing possible second round option for any team looking to add shooting off the bench … Dorsey’s elevated draft stock begins with his outstanding scoring instincts … He shot an excellent 41% from distance in his two seasons with the Ducks and is also an excellent shooter off the dribble … While he is not an explosive athlete, he makes up for it around the rim with soft touch and craft to convert a high percentage (57.3% at the rim) of his looks inside. He does an excellent job of spotting up in transition as he has a knack for finding open spaces on the court to get his shot off, where he has deep range that should translate to the NBA arc … He gets his feet set quickly as well, and his mechanics stay consistent with a hand in his face … Dorsey also does a great job of running off screens to get his shot off and looks very comfortable shooting on the move … Off the pick and roll he consistently demonstrated the ability to make defenders pay for going under the ball screen with his pull up jumper … One also has to appreciate that he never loses confidence in his shot and that he does not need much space at all to get it off … At the rim, he uses a lot of shot fakes and has excellent footwork to get his shot off, or draw contact and get to the free throw line (75% conversion rate) … It is primarily Dorsey’s shot making and ability to get hot in a hurry that gives him great potential as a role player in the NBA … With NBA spacing he could thrive as a shot maker and secondary ball handler off the bench. Dorsey is not a true floor general, but he did play a lot of point guard for Oregon, so he has experience running an offense … He is also improving as a playmaker, as he has decent vision and does not turn the ball over that frequently … He operates well out of the pick and roll and has shown flashes of making good reads to set up his teammates … Dorsey particularly showed during the NCAA Tournament that he is unusually poised in big moments and that he can be depended on to make big plays when it counts … Any potential playoff team that may draft him would really appreciate the mental aspect of his game … If Dorsey can prove that the NCAA Tournament was not a fluke and that he is really beginning to put it all together, he could carve out a nice career for himself.

Weaknesses: The most concerning aspect of Dorsey’s game is his less than impressive physical tools for an NBA two-guard … He checked in at the NBA Combine at 6-4.5 with an even more underwhelming 6-5 wingspan … He also weighs just 183 pounds, so he may struggle to get to the rim and finish against bigger, physical guards … This will likely prevent him from being a multi-positional defender at the next level … His lack of length will limit his effectiveness to guard on the perimeter and be active in passing lanes … He has already shown limitations in this area, averaging just 1.1 steals per 40 minutes in two seasons at Oregon … With his physical profile, he is probably best suited to guard point guards, but he may not be quick enough to do so given how explosive modern-day NBA point guards are … Dorsey also does not show a great deal of competitiveness on this end of the court either … When switched onto bigger players he does not battle for position persistently … He also tends to have some frequent lapses off the ball, losing shooters on the wings or giving up easy backdoor cuts. Dorsey does not project as an advanced shot creator at the NBA level either. Given his average explosiveness and shiftiness with the ball, he can get forced into some difficult shots, and he will probably have trouble finishing around the rim against NBA length/athleticism. Much of his shot selection comes via difficult contested shots given his lack of creativity with the ball and his less than ideal physical tools. He can be out of control going to the rim as well and force a lot of wild shots at the basket instead of looking to make a play for someone else. Dorsey is not a very willing passer either, which can cause him to be inefficient at times. It appears that the majority of his NBA impact will be contingent on his shot making ability. However, if he can’t get hot from the outside, NBA teams might worry if there is anything else he can bring to the table.

Notes: Measured  6′ 3” barefoot, 6′ 4.5” in shoes, 182.6 lbs, 6′ 5.25” wingspan, and 8′ 3.5” standing reach at the 2017 NBA Draft Combine … Measured 6’4.25, 178 lbs, with a 6’3.5 wingspan and 8’2.75 reach at the 2014 USA U18 tryouts … Born in Pasadena, Calif. … Parents are Jerrid and Samia Dorsey … Major is business administration…2015 McDonald’s All-American and Gatorade State Player of the Year in California…Pac-12 All Freshman Team and All-Conference Tournament Team in 2015-2016 season…NCAA Midwest All-Region Team, All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection, and Pac-12 All-Tournament Team in 2016-2017 season.

William P. Desautelle III 6/19/17

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