LAS VEGAS –- After being a footnote in the Wizards’ first two summer league games, Shawn Dawson has emerged as one of the more alluring prospects going into today’s tournament game vs. the Atlanta Hawks.
The 6-6 guard, who played 16 minutes in an 87-85 comeback win over the Brooklyn Nets, had nine points on 4-for-5 shooting.
Dawson appears likely to get a bump in playing time under assistant coach Sidney Lowe.
Dawson didn’t play in an 88-80 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in group play after playing 15 minutes in an opening 88-73 win vs. the Utah Jazz.
He’s likely to get in invite from the Wizards for training camp, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com. It seems likely that he'd accept unless he receives a better offer elsewhere. Given his potential, that could happen, too.
“I just want to get there,” Dawson, 22, who is from Israel and has played there in the Premier League, said of playing in the NBA. “That’s been my dream my whole life. If I can get there now I would love that. I might not get playing minutes the first year, first two years, first three years. That’s how I started my career as a pro in Israel also. I just got to build myself up. I’m just going to keep working.”
All of Dawson's buckets came via drives to the basket Tuesday. The Wizards trailed by 10 late in the third quarter, but Dawson scored five points in a row between the last 58 seconds of the third to the start of the fourth quarter to get them back in it.
Summer league usually doesn't have players as big as the ones who are on the court nightly during the regular season but they're bigger than what Dawson has faced in Israel.
"It’s a little more challenging when you’ve got bigger guys in the paint right now. I’m used to in Israel you’ve got bigs that are 6-8. That’s nothing," he said.
"Once in a while you see a 7-footer. In the past year I played in Europe for the first time so I got to see a little more size. Driving to the basket is my strong part of the my game. That’s what I do best."