Dorsey was surprisingly effective as a defensive rebounder, ranking in the 75th percentile among combo guards per Cleaning the Glass (non-garbage time). Opponent offensive rebounding percentage was six percent lower with Dorsey on the floor vs. off. Some of that likely can be attributed to Dorsey sharing the court with Dewayne Dedmon for 40 percent of his non-garbage time possessions but I thought Dorsey had very good awareness on the boards while producing 4.2 defensive rebounds per 36 minutes.
Dorsey showed flashes of his potential as a catch-and-shoot combo guard when the Hawks leaned heavily on their young players over the final two months of the season. He has a guaranteed contract for next season but, after being buried on the depth chart to begin his rookie year, Dorsey could have to fight for playing time again.
Two of the veterans ahead of Dorsey have since departed (Marco Belinelli and Luke Babbitt) and combo guard Malcolm Delaney is eligible to become a free agent. But two wing prospects the Hawks added this season, Antonius Cleveland and Jaylen Morris, have non-guaranteed deals for 2018-19. DeAndre’ Bembry also is under contract for next season and the Hawks could add more wings via the draft.
Defensive rebounding and 3-point shooting were the positive aspects of Dorsey’s rookie season. To stick in the NBA after next season, Dorsey likely will have to improve his efficiency on two-point shots, become a better secondary play-maker and figure out how to hold his own defensively in spite of his relatively slight frame and short wingspan.