With the 2009 NBA Summer League beginning this weekend, and the Spurs playing their first game July 12, we here at Project Spurs will begin to profile some players on the team. We’ll continue with Eric Dawson.
Position: Power Forward
Eric Dawson has played with the Austin Toros for the last two years, so the Spurs are familiar with what he brings to the table. He injured his bicep two seasons ago, limiting him to five games. Last year he appeared in 31 games with the Toros and started in 23 of them.
Positives: After playing with the Toros Dawson knows the Spurs system, which is always a plus. He also shoots well, making 58.5% of his shots last season. Dawson was a decent rebounder, grabbing 6.6 boards in 24.5 mpg.
Negatives: While the Spurs have been in need of another big man, Dawson’s name has never come up. This isn’t a good sign for him. He has been overshadowed in Austin by Ian Mahinmi and has not had as much of a chance to perform. He posted good numbers for the D-League (10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 1 steal in 25 min), but good is not good enough when we are talking about making the jump to the NBA.
Overall Outlook: Dawson’s best shot at making money while playing basketball comes from overseas. He has not made it past the Toros after two seasons and with Mahinmi, Gist, Duncan, Bonner, Haislip and McDyess all ahead of him it doesn’t look like he will soon.