Dwayne Bacon was the second round in the 2017 NBA Draft. The 6’6 shooting guard showed his shooting potential during the 2018-19 season when he shot nearly 44% from three in less than 18 minutes / game. He showed some steps to being competent at the end of the defense, further showing the ability to be a 3-and-D player in the league.
Due to both Devonte ‘Graham and Terry Rozier, Bacon did not see the recovery in a few minutes he had anticipated at the end of his second season. At his request, he spent some time in the G-League in February. While with Greensboro Swarm, Graham averaged nearly 32 points / game in 4 games, marking a 51-point high career in a game against Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Bacon just needs an opportunity to play. He has come to the conclusion that he will not be in Charlotte. A team like the Knicks can help Bacon rediscover his shooting touch and perfect his defensive game to be more than an adequate reserve shooting guard.
Yes, Dotson has had better numbers so far during his first three seasons in the league. However, if Dotson commands a significant free agency contract, it may be prudent for the Knicks to explore cheaper alternatives. RJ Barrett is the shooting guard of the future; it would be foolish to invest significant money in his backup. With Bacon’s limited minutes, it would be a decent alternative to consider and develop.