Dickau chooses Suns instead of Celts

Posted by on September 24th, 3:04 pm

Dan Dickau

Dan Dickau

As Paul Coro reported yesterday afternoon, 31-year-old journeyman Dan Dickau has accepted the Suns’ offer to attend training camp in San Diego. Dickau has played for six teams in six years and recently finished up playing for the Brose Baskets in Germany.

Dickau had an illustrious college career with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. He was named a first team All-American his senior year, becoming the first Gonzaga product to reach that plateau. Not even Gonzaga great John Stockton achieved such a feat. But Dickau’s success stopped once he left Spokane.

He was drafted 28th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2002 NBA Draft. After the Hawks, Dickau had stints with the Trail Blazers, Mavericks, Hornets, Celtics and Clippers. He actually had a standing offer from the Celtics to join them in training camp, but he ultimately chose Phoenix instead.

Forward Carlos Powell was the Suns’ first training camp invitee, and it was looking like point guard Zabian Dowdell would be the next. Instead the Suns chose to go with the more experienced Dickau.

When I saw the move I was completely shocked. Not because I don’t like the move, but Dickau basically fell off the basketball earth for a couple of years. But now that I think about it more, it could be the perfect fit. 

Not that he will even earn a roster spot, but I’m sure he will turn some heads. His skill set fits perfectly in Gentry’s system, and although he is nowhere near the same caliber of player, his game is somewhat similar to Nash’s.

During his time at Gonzaga he flourished in an open offense similar to what the Suns run. He is a solid shooter, can distribute the ball well and thrives in the open court. Yes he played for six teams in six years, but he never really got a chance at consistent playing time. The only time he played over 15 minutes a game was with New Orleans in 2004-2005. In 46 starts Dickau averaged 13.2 points per game and 5.2 assists per game.

He is nowhere near the second coming of Steve Nash, and like I said he probably won’t even make the team, but he wants to play in Phoenix and is motivated to get back in the league. Worst-case scenario he provides some insurance if Goran Dragic’s knee acts up again.

It should be interesting to see how this once highly-touted prospect can play after spending a year away from the NBA. Stay tuned.

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Mike Schmitz

Mike Schmitz is a former ValleyoftheSuns writer who now works as an assistant video coordinator for the D-League\\’s Bakersfield Jam. He specialized in video breakdowns for VotS.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Scott // Sep 25, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Finally – someone who could fill my end of the bench, white guy who can shoot quota that has been missing since Piatkowski left.

  • 2 The Z. Man // Sep 25, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Like the way Zabian played in Vegas.

    Is he also coming to camp?

    Unless we add somebobody better than Goran at the point, I suggest we back up Nash with the Brazilian Blur. This will involve double duty but I’m sure he can start and finish at the 2 spot and ALSO back Nash and play 40 minutes per game. Less risk at the point than Goran and a proven formula starting WITH Nash that produces WINS.

    MUST start and ALSO finish with LB. Let’s go SUNS!!!!

  • 3 Adam // Sep 26, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Dickau isn’t likely to make the roster out of camp, he’s just another body because Dragic is hurt. A shame, really, because he’s not a bad signing for them.

  • 4 The Z. Man // Sep 26, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Hey Adam -

    We're on the same page.

    Whether it's Dan or Zabian or somebody else…Dragic is not the answer for the Suns. Just look at his "+/-" oe how his tunovers are MORE THAN his assists. He can drive the lane. That is not what we need. Does not like to pass but with the Slovenian team he was able to play off of the ball. We already have talent at the 2 guard and then some. Suns have J-Rich, Tucker, and even Earl, J-Dud and Grant Hill can play the 2 guard if we need them and the BEST of them all the Brazilian Blur. What about a back up for Nash? Unless we trade for some help or sign Dickau or Zabian or somebody else, our BEST option will be to give double duty (40 minutes of playing WITH Nash and behind Nash) to the Brazilian Blur. Just had the baby. Just won the gold. THIS is the time for LB to help the Suns back into the top 4 in the West.

    MUST start and ALSO finish with LB. Let's go SUNS!!!!

  • 5 Michael Schwartz // Sep 26, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Z Man,

    I don't think it's time to give up on Dragic quite yet. Last year he was a 22 yo kid playing halfway across the world in a league that's lightyears better than any competition he's ever faced. Remember LB in his first couple years? He was clanging shots off the side of the backboard, and now look at the player he's become. I'm not saying he will be as good as LB, I'm just saying it's not time to give up on Dragic.

    Also, I agree LB is great with Nash, but I don't think he would be most effective playing that much time. Plus, as dynamic of a player as he is, he's just not a point guard. I think the Suns are better off with 10 mins of Dragic (or someone else) than LB getting serious time at the point.

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