|2015 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 56th overall by New Orleans.|
|2015 NBA Draft||NBA||Draft rights traded by New Orleans to L.A. Clippers in exchange for cash.|
|14th July, 2015||NBA||Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with L.A. Clippers.|
|5th November, 2015||D-League||Assigned by L.A. Clippers to Bakersfield Jam of the D-League.|
|30th November, 2015||D-League||Recalled by L.A. Clippers from Bakersfield Jam of the D-League.|
|4th December, 2015||D-League||Assigned by L.A. Clippers to Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.|
|24th December, 2015||D-League||Recalled by L.A. Clippers from Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.|
|3rd January, 2016||D-League||Assigned by L.A. Clippers to Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.|
|31st January, 2016||D-League||Recalled by L.A. Clippers from Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.|
|22nd February, 2016||D-League||Assigned by L.A. Clippers to Erie BayHawks of the D-League.|
|12th March, 2016||D-League||Recalled by L.A. Clippers from Erie BayHawks of the D-League.|
|22nd March, 2016||D-League||Assigned by L.A. Clippers to Erie BayHawks of the D-League.|
|30th March, 2016||D-League||Recalled by L.A. Clippers from Erie BayHawks of the D-League.|
|17th July, 2016||NBA||Waived by L.A. Clippers.|
|8th September, 2016||NBA||Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Orlando.|
|17th October, 2016||NBA||Waived by Orlando.|
|30th October, 2016||D-League||Designated as an allocated player by Erie BayHawks.|
|29th March, 2017||D-League||Waived by Erie BayHawks.|
|31st March, 2017||Israel||Signed for the remainder of the season with Hapoel Tel-Aviv.|
|12th August, 2017||Japan||Signed a one year contract with Shibuya Sunrockers.|
|2011 - 2015||Michigan State (NCAA)|
|July 2015||L.A. Clippers (Summer League)|
|July 2015 - July 2016||L.A. Clippers (NBA)|
|September 2016 - October 2016||Orlando Magic (NBA)|
|October 2016 - March 2017||Erue BayHawks (NBA)|
|March 2017 - June 2017||Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Israel)|
|August 2017 - present||Shibuya Sunrockers (Japan)|
June 16, 2015
Dawson is a power forward in a shooting guard's body, which of course makes him a small forward by default. He is undersized but explosive, and capable of defending inside and outside. Capable in various matchups, Dawson can match up at the two, three and four positions, and is a physical specimen, combining athleticism with strength and a wide, wide frame.
Normally defending the post, Dawson gets by on defense despite the height disadvantage with this strength and with great discipline. He might be smaller than most opponents, but he is almost always stronger and more athletic than they are, and his long arms help make up for some of the difference. Dawson grabs tough rebounds and is measured in his aggression, and has good anticipatory skills and positional awareness. This does not negate the size disadvantage, but it surely helps a lot.
Offensively, Dawson has developed a little bit of a mid-range shot, but it's not pleasant looking, and he has absolutely no three point range at the moment. With little handle to speak of either, Dawson is entirely a finisher and not a creator, not even down low in the post. Rarely getting to the line (and shooting dreadfully when he does), Dawson is an opportunistic offensive player who gets by through transition, cuts, offensive rebounds and hustle. Yet when he does get such a look, he tears the rim off. This is pretty much all he does on offense, but it's both fun and useful.
Dawson, then, is limited to only a couple of areas of the game, but is extremely effective within them. If he can spot up a bit and keep the energy up, he could stick in the league for a while.