While thinking about the current state of the Houston Rockets yesterday, I thought to myself: "Why isn't there any talk about Joey Dorsey?" When I went to look at his player profile, I stumbled upon an interesting observation. It seems that no one can come to an agreement on exactly what Dorsey's exact height is!
The Baltimore native was chosen as the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers who traded his rights to the Houston Rockets for the 25th pick, Nicolas Batum.
Upon going to NBA.com, I figured I was going to see the same information as I saw on Wikipedia, but I was wrong. Here were the official listings on each website:
Now, to the credit of ESPN.com and Houston Rockets.com, they have Dorsey listed at 6-8 and 268 lbs. One would have to conclude that what's listed on a player's place of employment would be what someone should go by, right? Why then would Memphis list him as being an inch taller than he is and why would Wikipedia show him as being two inches shorter than what was listed on Memphis' official website?
What makes it even more interesting is if you look at Dorsey's profile on ESPN.com. While playing at Memphis, the school has him listed at 6-9 and 265 lbs. ESPN College Height Listing
Just a little food for thought, but let's dive into a more pertinent issue: why isn't anyone talking about what Dorsey could bring to the Rockets in the 2009-2010 season?
Dorsey came into the league with Ben Wallace comparisons as a potential anchor on the defensive end with a wide body and a nasty attitude in the post.
The athletic big man averaged 6.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and shot 60.3 percent from the floor in his three year career with Memphis. He had 16 double-doubles and 37 double- digit rebounding games. His efforts garnered him the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year along with conference all-defensive team honors in 2006-2007.
The Rockets traded for Dorsey to add to their tough defensive presence, but he missed the majority of the season dealing with of severe case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The injury bug limited him to only six minutes of regular season play.
Dorsey was very impressive on the boards during the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas last month.
Through the first three games, he averaged 14.3 rebounds to go along with 9.7 points and 2.7 blocks while playing 30 minutes per game. The Rockets have every intention of Dorsey making the team, especially with the absence of Yao Ming and the recent retirement of long-time NBA great Dikembe Mutumbo.
At a time when the Rockets need all the help they can get, Dorsey could provide a big lift to the gaping hole in the Rockets' defense with loss of center Yao for the entire 2009-2010 season. It's expected that he might not be nearly as effective on the offensive end, but the Rockets will have to make due.
Information was used from NBA.com, Wikipedia.com and the official Memphis Tigers' website GoTigersGo.com.