Posted by: Jeremy | October 25, 2010

2010-11 Raptors Preview: Joey Dorsey


The NBA season tips with three games tomorrow night, and the Raptors get their schedule underway Wednesday at the ACC against the Knicks. We’re just about done our Raptors Preview, with power forward Joey Dorsey one of just two players left to profile:

Dorsey, drafted as a four-year senior out of Memphis in 2008, has spent the past two seasons bouncing between the NBA and the D-League

While a junior at Memphis three years ago, Joey Dorsey famously called out Greg Oden prior to an Elite Eight matchup at the NCAA Tournament, referrring to the then-Ohio State freshman as overrated and calling the seven-footer the David to his Goliath (Note: Dorsey does realize David actually beat Goliath back in the day, right?). We all laughed, then sat back and watched Oden and the Buckeyes cruise to a 16-point en route to the championship game, where they lost to Joakim Noah and the Florida Gators. Dorsey, who averaged 8.5 points and 9.4 boards that season, would join forces with Derrick Rose the following year and help guide Memphis to the finals, where it lost to Kansas.

Dorsey was drafted 33rd overall by Portland in 2008 and dealt to Houston immediately, though he saw just six minutes of court time over three games as a rookie that season, spending much of the year in the D-League with the Rio Grande Vipers. He saw action in seven games last season with Houston before being shipped with Carl Landry to Sacramento, where he saw the floor eight more times before being waived in late-March. He signed with the Raptors on April 4 for the remainder of the season but didn’t make it into a game. In 18 career outings, Dorsey has averaged 1.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game.

Though his offensive game is limited, Dorsey is a grinder that can rebound with anyone in the league. However, with a similar type in Reggie Evans already ahead of him on the depth chart, plus $34 million man Amir Johnson in the mix, he doesn’t figure to be getting much more than garbage time anytime soon. To his credit, Dorsey worked hard in the preseason to earn his roster spot, grabbing 4.6 rebounds in just 10.8 minutes over five appearances. As a four-year player at Kansas, Dorsey grabbed an average of 8.1 boards in just 21.7 minutes per game.

In a league short on talented big men, Dorsey is the type could grind his way to a roster spot season-after-season. Evans, for one, could serve as a sort of motivation — he went undrafted out of Iowa State, signed with Seattle in 2002 and worked his way to becoming a solid rotation player, a role he’s maintained for nine full years already. If he’s able to learn from a guy like that, Dorsey could very well carve himself a fine NBA career.

2009-10 with Houston and Sacramento: 15 games (no starts), 45.0% from the field, 40.0% from the line, 1.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.13 blocks in 7.1 minutes per game.

What to expect: Dorsey should give Evans a big, aggressive body to bump with in practice (though we hope Evans won’t get too, too physical), and Evans the same for Dorsey. Playing time figures to be scarce, but expect hard play and plenty of rebounds when he’s on the floor.

Check out the other Raptors we’ve previewed: Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Jarrett Jack, Sonny Weems, Reggie Evans, Leandro Barbosa, Amir Johnson, Linas Kleiza, Julian Wright, David Andersen, Ed Davis and Marcus Banks.

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  2. […] Check out the other Raptors we’ve previewed: Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Jarrett Jack, Sonny Weems, Reggie Evans, Leandro Barbosa, Amir Johnson, Linas Kleiza, Julian Wright, David Andersen, Ed Davis, Marcus Banks and Joey Dorsey. […]


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