Former Gonzaga Bulldog, Sam Dower, will join the Portland Trail Blazers summer league roster. The undrafted 6’9” center is a bit undersized to play his natural position at the professional level, but he will get his chance to win over NBA scouts all the same. Although it is unlikely that the Trail Blazers will keep him around past July, other teams will be watching for hints of adaptability.
What can Dower offer the Portland Trail Blazers in Las Vegas Summer League?
Weight: 244 lbs
PTS/Game: 14.4 (senior)
TRB/Game: 7.2 (senior)
Capable shooter with decent range and potential for rapid development.
Dower is a lefty that finishes well at the rim, but also has a solid mid-range game. He can even be called upon to shoot threes if need be, but should not be expected to on a regular basis. He burst to the forefront of Gonzaga’s lineup during in senior year after spending much of his college career in the shadow of Kelly Olynyk. Alongside Kevin Pangos, Dower led the Bulldogs in scoring with impressive touch for a big man. This could work to his advantage when transitioning to a power forward role.
Has an NBA frame, but not NBA athleticism.
Dower is long and strong, but there are concerns about his ability to match up with other forwards at the professional level. He wasn’t exactly lumbering around in college, but he doesn’t move all that well either. This could be a big problem for him since he did not have outstanding potential as a defender at the collegiate level. He is rumored to have lost considerable weight since the season ended, but he will need additional, technical training to get up to speed.
Dower will not play with Portland for very long, but if he catches the right eye he could find a team willing to take him on. Perhaps most beneficial for everyone would be a stint in the D-league before professional consideration is revisited. If he wants to have an NBA career, that will likely have to be his next step. Otherwise, I’m sure there are European teams willing to give him a contract.