Especially during free agency, Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is always tweeting about big name players signing to certain teams and highlights a lot of the major moves. I was surprised to see “Woj” tweet on Tuesday about how the Houston Rockets are bringing back center Joey Dorsey on a two-year contract.
Joey Dorsey? A man who seemed to be forgotten is now taking on the role of being Dwight Howard‘s backup for a team with championship dreams. This came as a surprise to me and probably many others. The big man from Memphis was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft after his Tigers team, which also had the talents of NBA players Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts, were the national runner-up. Dorsey, who stands 6-foot-8, had a ton of muscle and was bigger than most players at the college level. That size advantage he had in college proved to be average in the NBA, where he had the same muscle as most players for his position do but less height.
In his brief NBA career, spanning four years and three teams, he played in just 61 games and averaged a measly 2.6 points per game in just 10.4 minutes per game. So now why are the Rockets bringing back Dorsey, who they installed in games just 10 times in the first two years of his career with them, to replace a pretty solid NBA big in Omer Asik?
In three years outside of the NBA, Dorsey’s career has picked up. He was a Euroleague champion with Olympiacos of Greece in 2012 and was named the Greek League’s top defender that year. He also made it to the Euroleague Final Four this past season with FC Barcelona, a team that he averaged 5.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for in 43 games during 2013-14.
This 30-year-old journeyman has found his way back into the NBA after some solid play overseas. This move by the Rockets comes as a surprise, but Dorsey is a man who has had success and winning experience at all levels of his basketball career. It will be interesting to see what kind of role he plays in the future, but I feel that this is a cheap signing that is low risk with the potential for an average award.