In preparation for the upcoming 2020-21 NBA season, teams have been filling their rosters with talent, including two-way players. With the Chicago Bulls retaining Adam Mokoka‘s talents and picking up undrafted rookie Devon Dotson.
Frenchman Mokoka was on the Bulls’ books for the 2019-20 campaign, as he spent the majority of his rookie season in the G League with the Windy City Bulls. Dotson is fresh out of college, where he was with the Kansas Jayhawks for two seasons. Including a standout sophomore year.
Players signed to a two-way deal spend the majority of the season in the G League. Normally two-way players are eligible to be called up to their parent team in the NBA for a maximum of 45 days per season.
With the 2020-21 season being shortened, two-way players can be active for up to 50 of the NBA’s 72-game schedule. Travel days and practices will not be included, as they have previously.
Over the 2019-20 season, Adam Mokoka showed out 31 times for the Windy City Bulls in the G League. Averaging 10.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.4 steals. He shot 37.1% from the field and 32.7% from 3-point land.
He did get called up to the NBA on 11 occasions throughout the season as well. Posting averages of 2.9 points in 10.9 minutes per game. In those games, he had a 40% conversion rate from downtown.
Ahead of his sophomore season in the NBA, Mokoka returned to his native France for the off-season. The 22-year-old featured in the 2020 Amiral League (French Summer League), where he led his team to the championship. He earned Most Valuable Player honors at the tournament and scored 18 points in the championship game.
The 6-foot-5 guard holds upside as a potential ‘3 and D’ contributor for the Bulls. His constant energy, quick feet, and 6-foot-10 wingspan makes him a nuisance for opponents on the defensive end. His persistent hassling could see him get minutes purely on his defensive abilities.
Potential as a scorer is there too, even though the numbers don’t necessarily show it. On February 7, 2020, Mokoka scored 15 points (6-6 FG) in just 5 minutes in an NBA contest against the New Orleans Pelicans. On March 8. 2020, he lit up for 27 points for the Windy City Bulls, in a 120-112 victory over the Maine Red Claws.
Even at just 22-years-old, Mokoka holds bags of experience in the professional ranks. At the age of 17, he made his debut in the LNB Pro A, France’s top tier, for BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque. His rookie season in the league saw him earn the LNB Pro A Best Young Player award. In 3 seasons, he made 47 appearances, ahead of declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Mokoka is certainly a talent to keep track of, the Bulls retaining his talents on a two-way makes sense at this point.
Devon Dotson is a 21-year-old point guard who spent two seasons with the Kansas Jayhawks before stepping up to the professional ranks. In his sophomore campaign, he posted averages of 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2.1 steals. This was on 46.8% shooting, 30.9% from 3.
Dotson led the Big 12 in scoring, steals, and free-throws made (142), while ranking 5th in assists. In terms of national ranking, the 21-year-old sat 23rd in steals per game. As he helped Kansas to a 28-3 record, and a number 1 national ranking.
On November 27, 2019, Dotson scored a season-high 31 points against Dayton. Throughout the season, the speedy guard passed the 20+ point mark on 9 occasions. On February 8, 2020, he recorded 11 assists against Texas Christian, showing off his vision and creativity.
His performances earned him a selection into the First Team All-Big 12 team. After falling undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, Dotson was swiftly picked up by the Bulls on a two-way deal.
Standing at 6-foot-2, Dotson possesses incredible acceleration that makes him a constant threat in isolation and transition. He can single-handedly carve out looks on his own accord, whether it be for himself or others. The balance is there for him to be both a scorer and creator.
Despite there being concern on the defensive end with smaller guards, Dotson is a hard-worker on that side of the ball. He’s a tough defender with a strong frame that constantly looks to cut off passing lanes, as evidenced in his 2.1 steals in the 2019-20 season.
It has been reported that the Chicago Bulls will be opting out of an Atlanta-based G League bubble for the 2020-21 season. Consequently, both Dotson and Mokoka could see extended playing opportunities in the 50 NBA games that they’re eligible to compete in.
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