Tyler Dorsey

The case for Oregon's Tyler Dorsey as a Sixers' 2nd-round pick

The case for Oregon's Tyler Dorsey as a Sixers' 2nd-round pick

Over the weeks leading up to the 2017 NBA draft, we'll be making cases for the Sixers to draft several prospects. Our series will kick off with options at No. 3 (or trade downs) followed by second-round possibilities. The 2017 NBA draft will take place on June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Tyler Dorsey
School: Oregon
Height: 6-4
Weight: 180
Wing span: 6-5 ¼

Dorsey, a sophomore, shot 42 percent from three this season on 5.3 attempts a game. The previous season, he shot 41 percent on 4.6 attempts a contest as a freshman. Suffice to say, Dorsey is a shooter.

The 21-year-old guard got his name into the draft conversation by having a sensational March. Starting with the Pac 12 Tournament and going all the way into the Final Four, Dorsey averaged 23.3 points a game in that eight-game run. He shot a blistering 56 percent from three during that span.

He's undersized for a two guard and doesn't possess the ball handling ability to play the one. He's not crazy long or athletic. He's just a flat out shooter and scorer. 

The case for Dorsey
The Sixers need shooters. Look no further than the former Duck. Where Dorsey especially flourished was in catch-and-shoot situations. With Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Joel Embiid drawing so much attention, there will be open looks for a guy like Dorsey.

Robert Covington and Nik Stauskas are on expiring contracts as of this posting. Gerald Henderson's option hasn't been picked up. Jerryd Bayless is 29 and has two years left on his deal. The Sixers could use a young two guard that can shoot the basketball to complement their star talent.

Dorsey's performance in March shows a confident and clutch player as well. Just ask Kansas. He hit 6 of 10 threes and scored 27 points against the Jayhawks in helping Oregon to its first Final Four appearance since 1939.

Dorsey's confidence was on full display when he worked out for the Sixers at the beginning of the month.

“A lot of teams are going for the two-guard tandem,” Dorsey said. “I think I can come in and be that two-way player. … I would fit in good [with Simmons.] He’s a willing passer, a pass-first guy on the court. I would love to play with him and spot up and knock those shots down.”

The case against Dorsey
Dorsey is a one-trick pony. He plays below the rim and he isn't nearly big enough to guard NBA twos. He's only 6-foot-4 and his 180-pound frame will likely get caught up in screens at the next level. He was able to score off the dribble as his confidence grew, but his lack of athleticism could hurt him in that regard at the next level.

The Sixers situation at two guard is murky. But if they decide Covington and even Stauskas, who did show signs of improvement last season, are worth extensions, that could start to crowd the position. You also have a pair of players that were selected late in the first round of last year's draft. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot flashed promise at the end of last season and Furkan Korkmaz is just a buyout from his Turkish club away from showing what he can do in the NBA.

The Sixers also have four second-round picks and not enough roster space. It's hard to imagine all four picks are used.

The Sixers have lacked scoring for what seems like forever. They were ranked 25th out of 30 teams in points per game last season. 

Forget the lack of athleticism and the defensive efficiencies. This kid can shoot lights out and that's exactly what the Sixers need. You could use a lineup with Fultz and Dorsey in the backcourt, with Fultz covering the two and Dorsey the one. 

There is certainly a chance that Dorsey won't be able to overcome his size at the next level, but so what? It's a second-round pick and if his shot translates, it could be a valuable weapon.

Potential 2nd-round targets for Sixers in NBA draft: Small forwards/guards

Potential 2nd-round targets for Sixers in NBA draft: Small forwards/guards

We've already taken a look at the big men the Sixers could target in the second round (see story).

Here are the small forwards and guards who could be in the mix for the team in Round 2. 

Josh Hart: Shooting guard, 6-6/204, Villanova
Who knows more about what they would be getting in the Villanova champion than the Sixers?

Hart grew by leaps and bounds as a player during his four seasons on the Main Line, but the one thing that remained the same: his energy level. Hart plays with a certain intensity on both ends of the floor that will definitely give him a boost at the next level.

He paired that focus with his evolving skills to put together a stellar senior season. The versatile wing averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Hart also shot 51.0 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from three-point land during a 2016-17 campaign in which he was named consensus first-team All-American, Big East Player of the Year and received the Julius Erving award as the top small forward in the country.

What Hart lacks in athleticism, he makes up for with his high basketball IQ, fierce competitive nature and winning pedigree (see story). After the dog days of "The Process," the Sixers could definitely use a guy with such a history of winning on their roster.

Dillon Brooks: Small forward, 6-7/215, Oregon
Even with Joel Embiid finally in action, the Sixers' offensive numbers were still pretty ugly last season. They ranked 25th in scoring, 27th in field goal percentage and 25th in three-point percentage.

Brooks wouldn't solve those woes by himself, but he's and offensive weapon who would absolutely help.

Brooks continued his improved shooting in his junior season with marks of 48.8 percent on field goals and 40.1 percent on three-pointers. He led a deep Ducks team with 16.1 points per game as he was named Pac-12 Player of the Year.

The skill to drain shots from each level of the floor and come through in the game's biggest moments will be attractive to a lot of teams in the middle of the second round (see story). With the Sixers' wing-needy situation, they might give the fiery Brooks a long look.

Jaron Blossomgame: Small forward/power forward, 6-7/214, Clemson
Sometimes you just need that dog on the basketball court. A guy that you know is going to get after it on each and every possession.

From an NBA standpoint, think Tony Allen or Avery Bradley.

That's what the Sixers would be getting in a guy like Blossomgame, whom they worked out last year before he opted to return to Clemson and again earlier this month.

His offense is going to come and go (his point production dipped slightly as a senior and his three-point shooting fell off a cliff — 44.1 percent to 25.5 percent). However, Blossomgame will put on that defensive hat night after night and get the job done.

He's a bundle of energy, and at nearly 24 years old has a strong frame that's already built for the league (see story).

For a Sixers team that allowed 108.1 points per game (24th in the NBA), Blossomgame should at least be under consideration.

Frank Mason III: Point guard, 5-11/185, Kansas
Not too many prospects under the 6-foot mark get legitimate NBA consideration. However, when you are this good and decorated as a collegiate player, teams tend to make an exception.

Let's just take a look at what Mason accomplished in 2016-17 alone: named consensus national player of the year, named consensus first-team All-American, won the Bob Cousy award (nation's top point guard), named Big 12 Player of the Year and first-team All-Big 12.

While college achievements are far from a guarantee of NBA success, Mason's makeup suggests he will find a way to survive at the next level. 

First off, he's an absolute pit bull on the court. Despite, his short stature, Mason is stocky and aggressive on both ends. He's also a solid shooter, particularly from long range. The PG finished his four seasons with the Jayhawks with career shooting marks of 45.4 percent from the field and 42.0 percent from long range (see story).

The 23-year-old is also a natural leader. Mason is vocal and a true extension of the coach on the floor. Even playing with other prime-time players at a program like Kansas, he was still a major reason the Jayhawks won 116 games during his time on campus.

Tyler Dorsey: Shooting guard, 6-4/180, Oregon
When considering instant offense off the bench in a second-round pick, few players might provide that option better than Dorsey. 

Dorsey averaged 14.6 points per game on 46.7 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from three-point range. Those numbers skyrocketed during the NCAA Tournament when the 21-year-old caught fire as he averaged 23.8 points in five games and shot 59.6 percent from the field and 60.6 percent from deep.

Dorsey does provide the option of playing either guard spot and noted he would be a good fit alongside Ben Simmons and the rest of the Sixers when the Pasadena, California native worked out for the team earlier this month (see story).

He doesn't offer much outside of the shooting department, but that's arguably the biggest issue for this young Sixers squad.

Others to keep an eye on: Duke SG Frank Jackson, Gonzaga PG Nigel Williams-Goss, Florida State SF Dwayne Bacon.

Oregon's Tyler Dorsey knows he'd fit well with Ben Simmons

Oregon's Tyler Dorsey knows he'd fit well with Ben Simmons

CAMDEN, N.J. — Making it to the NBA is tough.

As in, “shoot 42 percent from three in college and still be projected to be drafted late in the second round” tough.

That’s the challenge Oregon shooting guard Tyler Dorsey is up against. And he is ready to tackle it in his pre-draft workouts, including Wednesday with the Sixers.

“I shot it well,” Dorsey said. “I put a lot of shots up. When I shoot it well, it comes easy to me and I focus on that a lot. Shooting is my strength.”

Dorsey left college following his sophomore year when he averaged 14.6 points (46.7 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from three), 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 30.0 minutes per game.

He helped lead Oregon to a No. 1 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This year he was a force for the third-seeded Ducks, scoring 27 points in their Elite Eight upset over No. 1-ranked Kansas. Dorsey posted 23.8 points and shot 60.6 percent from long-range (20 for 33) in five tournament games.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard is looking to expand his repertoire beyond his offensive production. He logged the second-fastest time among all players in the lane agility drill at the combine (10.55 seconds) and finished in the top 10 in the three-quarter sprint (3.16 seconds) and shuttle run (2.98 seconds). Since declaring for the draft, Dorsey has been working on his ball handling and defense while also studying film.

“I am combo guard,” Dorsey said. “I can play off the ball and on the ball. Also, I can show that I'm a two-way player, I can guard the one and the two. Also, reading ball screens well and showing how fast I can be in the open court.”

Dorsey sees how his skills could fit in the Sixers' backcourt and their plans to utilize Ben Simmons at point guard. The Sixers are in need of a scoring boost. Last season, they tied the Bulls for 24th in three-point shooting (34.0 percent) and ranked 25th in points per game (102.4).

“A lot of teams are going for the two-guard tandem,” Dorsey said. “I think I can come in and be that two-way player. … I would fit in good [with Simmons.] He’s a willing passer, a pass-first guy on the court. I would love to play with him and spot up and knock those shots down.”

The Sixers have the Nos. 3, 36, 39, 46 and 50 picks in the draft. Wednesday's workout included projected second-round and undrafted prospects. Dorsey competed with his former teammate, Oregon forward Jordan Bell, Indiana center Thomas Bryant, EB Pau-Orthez (France) guard Elie Okobo, Georgetown guard L.J. Peak and Notre Dame guard Steve Vasturia, a Medford, New Jersey native.

Following Dorsey’s workout with the Sixers, he will return to familiar territory and work out for the Trail Blazers. He also has workouts with the Kings, Pelicans and Spurs scheduled before the draft.