On October 14, the Thunder signed P.J. Dozier to their final two-way contract spot. He will split his playing time between the Oklahoma City Thunder and their D-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue.
He played college basketball at South Carolina and led them all the way to the Final Four last year. His high in points during the tournament was 21 against Marquette. He was named to the East Region All-Tournament team for his efforts during the post season. Dozier recorded 17 points in their loss to Gonzaga in the Final Four.
Dozier went undrafted in the 2017 draft, but signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for summer league. After competing in summer league, he signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks on August 8th. He was cut from the roster two months later on October 14th. The Thunder officially announced the signing of Dozier on October 17th.
P.J. Dozier will wear #35 for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Many people find this to be controversial considering it’s the number of former Thunder star Kevin Durant, but the organization has no problem with it. He wore the #35 jersey during pre-season for the Dallas Mavericks, so this isn’t a new thing just for OKC. Upon signing his contract with the Thunder, he asked to wear the number and was given permission.
His reasoning for wearing #35 is for his second cousin, Reggie Lewis who passed away. Reggie Lewis played for the Celtics. The Thunder granting Dozier permission to wear the jersey is in no way a shot at Kevin Durant, but rather a way to allow the young guard to pay respect to his cousin.
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