Raptors signing Summer League standout Jeff Dowtin Jr. to two-way deal

The Toronto Raptors are signing Jeff Dowtin Jr., a point guard who delivered a breakout performance during his recent Summer League stint with the organization, to a two-way NBA contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Dowtin Jr. had previously been called up by the Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks last season.

The contract will be the Raptors’ second, and final, two-way contract they can offer for next season, with the other having been offered to Ron Harper Jr. earlier in the off-season.

Dowtin appeared in nine total NBA games last season — four with the Warriors, one with the Bucks and four with the Magic. Overall, he averaged just over two points, one assist and one rebound in 12 minutes of playing time.

What could Dowtin Jr. bring to the Raptors?

Oren Weisfelda contributing writer for Sportsnet, recently detailed Dowtin Jr.’s play while breaking down the Raptors’ Summer League performances. An excerpt from that analysis can be found below.

“Someone who Raptors fans didn’t know what to expect from was 25-year-old point guard Jeff Dowtin, who broke out as arguably the best and definitely the most steady Raptor there. Dowtin averaged 16 points per game on 57/36/ 92 shooting splits along with an incredibly efficient 4.2 assists to 0.5 turnovers, making smart and safe plays with the ball. He’s not going to throw flashy passes or try to thread the needle like Banton, but Dowtin has a calming presence that was necessary and will be valued by coaches around the NBA, including Nick Nurse. In fact, Dowtin plays like a veteran on both sides of the ball, rarely making mistakes and thriving in whatever role is asked of him, whether he’s playing off the ball besides Banton or on the ball as the lone point guard, where he flashed some impressive isolation scoring skills late in their clutch win over the Jazz.

In hindsight, it’s no wonder Dowtin dominated the G League last season, averaging 20.9 points on 55.6 per cent shooting, 43.2 per cent from three, and 6.6 assists to just 1.3 turnovers in 22 regular season games with two different teams — including the Lakeland Magic , who he won the championship with.

Overall, Dowtin played with three NBA teams and three G League teams over the course of 2021-22, putting up efficient and steady numbers throughout, which is an incredibly difficult thing to do given all the uncertainty and change he was dealing with. He continued to prove that he is an NBA-caliber player in Summer League, filling a role as a steady backup point guard.”

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