The New Orleans Pelicans added international flavor to their line-up signing Israeli wingman Shawn Dawson to a contract on Wednesday
Dawson is a 22-year-old guard/forward who will try to make it to the Pelicans regular season roster after being undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft. However, he has rich basketball experience in the Israeli basketball league suiting up for Maccabi Rishon LeZion from 2012 to 2016.
Dawson recently helped his team win the Israeli league title this year and is a two-time All-Star in that league. He has career averages of 11.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals was a reliable scorer in his stint in Israel. Last year, he showed his offensive game improve by averaging 15.2 points per game and shot 58.7% from the field.
According to other NBA rumors, Dawson also had a camp invite from the Washington Wizards, his Summer League team last month. However, Dawson appears to be confident that he’s getting a good chance of cracking the New Orleans Pelicans roster than the Wizards roster.
Dawson, who will earn about half a million dollars for the camp deal, also has experience playing in FIBA basketball representing the Israel basketball national team at the EuroBasket 2015.
The Pelicans need improvement in their guard and forward rotation with Buddy Hield, E’Twaun Moore, Tyreke Evans, Quincy Pondexter, Dante Cunningham and Solomon Hill in their wings depth chart.
There is a chance that Dawson makes the roster if he can prove his game in the Israeli league can be translated to the top level NBA with the New Orleans Pelicans.
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