That didn’t take very long! Only a few days after the end of Summer League, the Toronto Raptors have quickly locked their arguably best player into a contract to stay with the team.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 19, 2022
Dowtin was fantastic in Summer League, averaging 16.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and only 0.5 turnovers per game on incredible efficiency, shooting 57.1 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from deep, and 92.3 percent from the line. He displayed veteran poise and control of the offense in a setting that makes that extremely difficult. Especially when compared to Dalano Banton — another rangy sophomore guard — Dowtin looked like a much more mature player. He was a solid finisher at the rim and displayed a great nose for getting downhill — all skills the Raptors desperately need.
Last year, Dowtin was one of the Santa Cruz Warriors’ best players in the G League Showcase Cup, and he also starred for the Lakeland Magic in the regular season. He played nine call-up games in the NBA for the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, and Warriors. He’s 25 years old and has great length at the guard spot.
Toronto now has both two-way spots spoken for, with Ron Harper jr. claiming the other. A number of players are on non-guaranteed deals already in place to fight for the final roster spot or two (if someone is waived), including Dalano Banton, DJ Wilson, Armoni Brooks, and Justin Champagnie. Christian Koloko is not yet signed, but it’s a safe assumption that he’ll take a roster spot when all is said and done. Dowtin may still compete for a full roster spot if he excels in training camp — the Raptors can renegotiate his contract in what would amount to a promotion — but it’s likely that he is now all but out of the running for the main roster.
The roster decisions at the back end are slowly taking shape, but they are far from over.