P. J. Dozier

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P. J. Dozier
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Free Agent
PositionShooting guard
Personal information
Born (1996-10-25) October 25, 1996 (age 22)
Columbia, South Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolSpring Valley
(Columbia, South Carolina)
CollegeSouth Carolina (2015–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Undrafted
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–2018Oklahoma City Thunder
2017–2018Oklahoma City Blue
2018–2019Boston Celtics
2018–2019Maine Red Claws
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Perry Dozier Jr. (born October 25, 1996) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the University of South Carolina.

College career[edit]

In his senior season at Spring Valley High School, he was named to the 2015 McDonald's All-American Boys Game roster and scored 14 points. He committed to South Carolina.[1] ESPN ranked him the 21st best recruit in his class. His father, Perry Dozier, was a basketball player for South Carolina in the 1980s.[2]

In his sophomore season, along with Clippers forward Sindarius Thornwell, Dozier was an important part of South Carolina's improbable Final Four appearance. He scored 21 points against Marquette in the NCAA Tournament.[3] Dozier was named to the East Region All-Tournament Team. In the 77–73 loss to Gonzaga in the Final Four, Dozier had 17 points.[4] At the conclusion of his sophomore season, Dozier announced his intention to forgo his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2017 NBA Draft.[5]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 South Carolina 34 28 19.0 .381 .213 .544 3.0 2.1 1.0 .4 6.7
2016–17 South Carolina 36 36 28.7 .407 .298 .597 4.8 2.8 1.7 .3 13.9
Career 70 64 24.0 .398 .277 .579 3.9 2.4 1.3 .3 10.4

Professional career[edit]

Oklahoma City Thunder / Oklahoma City Blue (2017-2018)[edit]

After going undrafted in 2017 NBA draft, Dozier signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2017 NBA Summer League. He signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks on August 8, 2017.[6] He was released on October 14, 2017 before agreeing to a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder two days later. Under the terms of the deal, Dozier split time between the Thunder and their NBA G League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. Dozier would make his NBA debut on February 8, 2018 in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Boston Celtics (2018-2019)[edit]

On August 21, 2018, Dozier signed a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics.[7] In February 2019, Dozier was named to the All-NBA G League team, the equivalent of All-Star.[8] On June 30, 2019, the Celtics declined to extend his contract, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.[9]

On July 4, Dozier was included in the Philadelphia 76ers' Summer League team.[10]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Oklahoma City 2 0 1.5 .500 --- --- .5 .0 .0 .0 1.0
2018–19 Boston 6 0 8.5 .381 .250 .500 2.8 .8 .3 .0 3.2
Career 8 0 6.8 .391 .250 .500 2.3 .6 .3 .0 2.6

Personal life[edit]

Dozier is a second cousin of the late Reggie Lewis, a former Celtics player himself who died as a result of heart failure. While a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dozier wore the jersey number #35 as a tribute to Lewis.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cheick Diallo leads East to McDonald's All-American Game victory". NBC Sports. April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Caraviello, David (June 28, 2015). "At South Carolina, P.J. Dozier's transition to college basketball well underway". The Post and Courier. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Cloninger, David (March 30, 2017). "Dozier playing his best at the right time". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Dozier doesn't know if he'll go pro". The State. April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Parrish, Gary (April 17, 2017). "NBA Draft 2017: South Carolina's PJ Dozier to sign with agent, remain in draft". cbssports.com. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Karalla, Bobby (August 8, 2017). "Mavericks sign guard P.J. Dozier". Dallas Mavericks. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Celtics Sign PJ Dozier to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  8. ^ PJ Dozier is one of G-League’s best this season February 11, 2019
  9. ^ "Boston declining qualifying offer to P.J. Dozier". clutchpoints.com. June 30, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "Former Gamecock PJ Dozier gets shot with another NBA team". July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  11. ^ https://www.celticsblog.com/2018/8/3/17648526/celtics-sign-pj-dozier-to-a-two-way-contract