One Israeli player will be joining the Rockets for the Summer League.
The Rockets have agreed to have Forward Shawn Dawson some run in the Summer League this year. Dawson is a young talent that could find his way into the NBA at some point. At 6’6 he can play both the shooting guard and the small forward positions and has the length to be a great defender.
Swingman Shawn Dawson, aspiring to take Israel's NBA presence to two, is bound for a summer league look with the Rockets, per league sources
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 25, 2017
What kind of player is Dawson?
Last year for Maccabi Rishon Le-zion in the Israeli Basketball Super League, Dawson averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. However, he averaged 15 points per game in the 2015-2016 season, so the talent to score is there. He shot 35% from 3-point land in Israel last season and has steadily improved from outside each year.
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According to DraftExpress, Dawson is an athletic and explosive player who should put on a show at times in Las Vegas this summer. He is a good ball-handler who will surely take the ball up the court and show off his talent a decent amount in the summer for the Rockets. He is very quick and can explode to the rim and score with ease. Though he had a down year this season, he still shot nearly 50% from the floor during 2015-2016. He has a ton of talent and the Rockets are right to take a chance on him. It does not hurt them if he does poorly but maybe they can find a diamond in the rough.
Shawn Dawson adds to the list of Rockets summer leaguers that includes Kyle Wiltjer, Chinanu Onuaku, Isaiah Taylor, Troy Williams, Zhou Qi, Ray McCallum Jr., and Cameron Oliver. Rockets players Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell might join the team to play a game or two at some point, according to Jonathan Feigen.
*All stats and info via DraftExpress*