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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