Who is Jeff Dowtin Jr.? Get to know Raptors’ latest two-way signing

The Raptors have filled their final two-way spot for the 2022-23 season.

The team announced that Summer League standout guard Jeff Dowtin Jr. has claimed it, joining Ron Harper Jr. as the two two-way players on Toronto’s roster for the upcoming season.

The 25-year-old made his NBA debut last season, playing for three different teams – the Warriors, Bucks and Magic – filling in whenever teams needed extra players due to the COVID-19 outbreak during the season.

Dowtin averaged 16.0 points, 4.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the Raptors over four games in the Las Vegas Summer League, proving to the team’s front office that he has the potential to grow into a useful piece for the organization.

Who is Jeff Dowtin Jr. and what can he bring to the Raptors?

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Background

Dowtin is a 25-year-old guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He was a three-star recruit coming out of high school and committed to the University of Rhode Island.

Dowtin stands at 6-foot-3 and 177 pounds. While his wingspan is not listed anywhere, visually, it’s easy to see that he fits the long profile of Toronto’s current roster.

College experience

Dowtin played all four seasons at Rhode Island, averaging 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game over his junior and senior years. He earned All-Atlantic 10 Third Team honors as a senior.

He went undrafted in 2020 but signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Orlando Magic.

NBA experience

Dowtin immediately made an impact in the G League, helping the Lakeland Magic take home the 2021 G League championship in his first season with averages of 10.7 points, 6.3 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.7 rebounds over three playoff games.

He spent the majority of his time in the G League again last season, where he thrived for the Magic and Wisconsin Herd, averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

Over a combined nine NBA games with the Warriors, Bucks and Magic this past season, Dowtin recorded a total of 19 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals in just over 100 minutes of playing time.

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Dowtin started to show his potential as a scorer and perimeter defender with the Raptors at the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League.

Dowtin saved his best performance for last, going for 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals against the Heat in his final game of Summer League.

He’ll join Harper as the Raptors’ second two-way player. The two will spend the majority of their time with Raptors 905 next season.

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