PJ Dozier

PJ Dozier

24-Year-Old GuardG
Denver Nuggets
GTD
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 10/20/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 24-year-old's season was somewhat injury-filled, but he also showed signs of improvement as well. Dozier was forced to miss 15 games early in the season due to a hamstring injury, but the 6-foot-6 guard returned to his role as a reserve guard for the team. However, that role completely changed when Jamal Murray went down with his ACL injury. After averaging 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19.8 minutes per game prior to the injury, Dozier saw his playing time and scoring rocket up. The South Carolina product averaged 11.0 points in 28.5 minutes per game while starting in his last six appearances with the team before going down with a groin injury. This injury kept Dozier out for the rest of the season, but the guard should be ready for the new year. While Jamal Murray will most likely be sidelined to start the year, Dozier still faces lots of competition for playing time. Players like Monte Morris, Will Barton, Austin Rivers and Facundo Campazzo will be vying for minutes in the absence of Murray. The team also has youth talent in Markus Howard and Nah'Shon "Bones" Hyland at guard. The team's impressive depth at guard and Dozier's inconsistent play make him one of the harder players to trust this year in fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $3.86 million contract with the Nuggets in June of 2020.
Personal Bio

Dozier was born Oct. 25, 1996 in Columbia, South Carolina, where he attended high school at Spring Valley. After being named 2015 South Carolina Mr. Basketball and scoring 14 points in the 2015 McDonald's All-American game, Dozier elected to spend his collegiate career at South Carolina. It was the same school chosen in the 1980s by his father, Perry Dozier and his uncle, Terry Dozier. Dozier also has two sisters, Amelia and Asia, the latter of which attended South Carolina, as well. While attending USC, Dozier majored in sport and entertainment management. You can follow him on Twitter (@Dozier_Kid).

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Dozier was third in the SEC in three categories -- field-goal attempts (469), two-point field goal attempts (328) and steals (60) -- in the 2016-17 season for South Carolina. Also in that season, the Columbia, South Carolina native was fifth in the SEC in steals per game (1.7). Along with field-goal attempts and two-point field goal attempts, Dozier led the Gamecocks in assists per game (2.8) and total assists (101) while ranking second in points per game (13.9) and total points (501). He helped lead the Gamecocks to the Final Four of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Dozier entered the 2017 NBA Draft after his sophomore season with South Carolina. He went undrafted and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers during the summer.

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October 14, 2021
Dozier is out for Thursday's preseason finale against the Thunder due to a sprained right ankle, Katy Winge of Altitude Sports reports.
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2020

Dozier played in 50 games during his second season with the Nuggets. The 24-year-old averaged a career-high 7.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks in 21.8 minutes per game. The South Carolina product started six games and averaged 28.3 minutes, 11.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.3 steals per game during those contests. On the season, the six-foot-six guard shot 41.7 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from three. The fourth-year wing scored in double-digits 12 times, including a season-high 23 on April 24. In the 129-116 win over the Rockets, Dozier went 10-for-13 from the field and 3-for-5 from downtown and added seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. The ex-Gamecock grabbed five-plus rebounds 17 times, including a season-high eight during a 115-103 win over the Sixers on Jan 9. He also registered multiple assists in 25 games, including a season-high eight during a 113-103 win over the Pacers on March 4. Defensively, Dozier tallied at least one steal 19 times, at least two steals eight times and three steals four times. He also notched at least one block in 19 games and had three games with two blocks. Per 36 minutes, Dozier averaged 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks.

2019

After opening the 2019-20 campaign by putting up big numbers with the G League's Windy City Bulls, Dozier earned himself a fairly regular role in the Nuggets' rotation during the season's second half and through the playoffs. Across 18 games (16 starts) with Windy City, Dozier averaged 21.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.7 steals per G League game. He made an instant impact in his Denver debut Jan. 15 against Charlotte, posting 12 points, four boards and two assists in just 13:02 on the court. Dozier went on to appear in 29 NBA games, a career high. On Jan. 22, Dozier put up 15 points off the bench against the Rockets. Following the NBA's coronavirus-induced pause, Dozier played a far bigger role off the bench during seeding play in the Orlando bubble, cracking double-digit points five times in eight games. On Aug. 10, he set a new career high with 18 points versus the Lakers. He then eclipsed that mark four days later, Aug. 14 against Toronto, closing out the regular season with a new career high in scoring: 20 points, including five threes on six attempts, plus eight assists, five rebounds and two steals. Dozier went on to appear in a dozen playoff games during the Nuggets' run to the Western Conference Finals, averaging 3.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists over 10.4 minutes per game.

2018

During the 2018-19 season, P.J. Dozier played six games with the Boston Celtics and 46 games with the G League Maine Red Claws. Dozier played in two NBA games for OKC during the 2017-18 season, though saw only three minutes of run. He made his Boston Celtic debut on Nov. 30th, 2018, scoring seven points over six minutes of playing time during a blowout win over the Cavaliers. Ten days later, he'd once again grace the Boston parquet floor for a brief two minutes of run in a win over the Pelicans. On Apr. 9, the last game of the Celtic regular season, Dozier delivered his first NBA double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, plus five assists, in a win over Washington. In between Celtic appearances, Dozier was spectacular for the Maine Red Claws. Over 46 G League games, Dozier averaged 21.1 points, 6.7 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game for Crustacean Nation. On Dec. 16, he produced a triple-double during a win over the Long Island Nets. On that night, the 6-foot-6 wing generated 25 points, 11 dimes and 10 boards. Dozier had 13 double-doubles during the G League season.

2017

Dozier was not selected in the 2017 NBA Draft, and had a brief stint with Dallas before catching on with Oklahoma City on a two-way deal. Dozier spent time with the both the Thunder and the G League Oklahoma City Blue during the 2017-18 season. Dozier played in 43 games for the Blue. During his time in the G League, he averaged 13.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 made threes per contest. HIs best scoring game came Jan. 28 against the South Bay Lakers, when he recorded 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Dozier also had two double-doubles while with the G League affiliate. His first came Jan. 23, when he recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds against the Northern Arizona Suns. His best assist total of the year (7) came two days later against the Santa Cruz Warriors. Dozier was called up to the Thunder briefly in February, and made his NBA debut Feb. 8 against the Lakers. He scored his first two points and had a rebound across two minutes on the floor. He appeared in his only other NBA game that season Feb. 11, going scoreless in one minute of action. Dozier then returned to the G League for the rest of the year. His second second double-double occurred on March 10, when Dozier had 20 points and 10 boards against the Iowa Wolves. The Blue finished at the top of their division that season with a 28-22 record.

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Moves to bench
GDenver Nuggets
October 13, 2021
Dozier will come off the bench for Wednesday's preseason game against the Thunder.
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Starting Monday
GDenver Nuggets
October 4, 2021
Dozier is in the starting lineup for Monday's preseason game against the Clippers, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to contact work
GDenver Nuggets
September 22, 2021
Dozier revealed Wednesday that he only recently returned to full-contact work, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports.
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Not playing in Game 4
GDenver Nuggets
Groin
June 13, 2021
Dozier (groin) is listed as out for Game 4 against the Suns on Sunday.
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Won't play in Game 3
GDenver Nuggets
Groin
June 10, 2021
Dozier (groin) will not play in Game 3 against the Suns on Friday, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
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