The San Antonio Spurs reportedly added former Kansas forward Dedric Lawson to their training camp roster.
The 6-foot-9 athlete showed signs of tremendous growth during his final season in college, leading the Big 12 in scoring and rebounding with averages of 19.4 points and 10.3 boards on 49 percent shooting through 36 games. He played 32.6 minutes per contest and proved himself to be an extremely well-rounded prospect, making 39.3 percent of his triples while putting up 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks nightly.
Despite going undrafted, Lawson’s numbers warranted a roster slot in the 2019 NBA Summer League. Playing for the Golden State Warriors between Sacramento and Las Vegas, Lawson averaged an underwhelming 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, but showed off enough to catch the Spurs’ attention.
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Now, Lawson has a chance to work alongside the professionals in San Antonio to improve his game and battle for a roster position. Most players on Exhibit 10 deals play with the intention of seeing it convert to a two-way contract, but the Spurs already have second-round pick Quinndary Weatherspoon and sophomore center Drew Eubanks occupying their two-way deals.
However, Lawson could be in line to sign with the Austin Spurs G League team upon the completion of his Exhibit 10 deal. If he were to proceed with this route, he’ll have an opportunity to play professionally this year under the tutelage of the Spurs’ elite development staff.
Not only can Lawson space the floor effectively, but his switchability on defense and scoring versatility make him an intriguing prospect to consider. Should he fulfill his potential, Lawson could develop into a valuable role player in the pros.
One way or another, Lawson is on the doorstep of one of the game’s most renowned organizations. What comes next is up to his skill and dedication to his craft, but the 22-year-old has an extraordinary opportunity in front of him.