Player: Luguentz Dort
College: Arizona State (2018-2019)
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 222 pounds
NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: Oklahoma City Thunder/Oklahoma City Blue
College Breakdown: Dort declared for the 2019 NBA Draft after spending one season at Arizona State. The Canada-native was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team after averaging 16.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game on 40.5% shooting from the field and 30.7% shooting from beyond-the-arc. Dort was also selected as the 2019 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team after finishing 6th in the conference in steals per game. The former Sun Devil ranked 2nd in the Pac-12 in free throws made during the 2018-19 season, 3rd in usage percentage and 8th in points per game. Dort recorded seven games of 20+ points and 2+ steals during his lone season at ASU.
Scouting Report: Dort will probably end up as a combo guard at the NBA-level, bringing to the table a physical build ready for the professional game. The Arizona State-product excels at bullying and bodying his way to the bucket on dribble drives and is unfazed by contact in the paint and around the rim. Dort has an elite first step and was one of the best players in high-major college basketball last season at getting to the charity stripe. Defensively, Dort plays with an extremely high motor and gambles for steals often. His switch ability and versatility allow him to defend point guards through small forwards without getting trapped on screens.
Organizational Fit: Dort joins an Oklahoma City Thunder franchise with several young guards at the one and two including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dennis Schroder, Deonte Burton, Hamidou Diallo and Terrance Ferguson. The team also recently brought in veteran Chris Paul to run the offense with the first unit. Dort will have to carve out playing time with a strong scoring punch off the bench and a pest-like presence on the perimeter on defense. He’ll also have a great chance to work on his game in the NBA G League with the Oklahoma City Blue, a team that has produced previous successful combo guards such as Alex Caruso and Deonte Burton.