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Strengths: Dowdell has excellent physical attributes for a point guard, standing 6'3 with a 6'10 wingspan. He's a pretty good outside shooter with developing NBA range, but is at his best pulling up in the lane. He's also a pretty good ballhandler and can run an offense adequately. Defensively, Dowdell is an excellent man-to-man defender and will be capable of guarding most shooting guards in the pros.
Weaknesses: Dowdell isn't the greatest playmaker for a point guard, and possesses just adequate court vision. He's not the type of player who will go out there and create consistently for his teammates. He is more of a floor manager than a playmaker.
Outlook: Dowdell projects as an early second rounder, and should be able to step in immediately as a competent backup point guard. His potential is somewhat limited by his lack of shot-creating abilities for teammates, but he should become an excellent backup or OK starter in the right situation.
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