A look at how former Gamecocks are performing in the NBA, G League


South Carolina men’s basketball has a few former players who finished their collegiate career in Columbia who are currently either playing in the NBA or are on a roster in the G-League. Three of the players that are in this article were on the Gamecocks’ Final Four team in 2017.

Former South Carolina basketball guard PJ Dozier is currently on his second 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings.

Dozier was originally signed by the Kings on the first 10-day contract on Jan. 9. On Jan. 19, the Kings re-signed the former Gamecock to another 10-day contract. Dozier has played in four games and is averaging 1.3 points per game in an average of 2.6 minutes of playing time.

Dozier played for the Gamecocks for two seasons. As a freshman, he saw action in 34 games. Dozier scored 6.7 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game in an average of 19 minutes of game action.

He began to see his name pop up in NBA Draft projections after a strong sophomore season that was capped with multiple good games in the Final Four run. As a sophomore, Dozier scored 13.9 points per game, which put him second on the team in that statistic. He led the team in assists with 2.8 per game and also pulled 4.8 rebounds per game.

Guard A.J. Lawson signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 22 and is splitting time between the Mavericks and their G-League affiliate. In eight games with the Mavericks this season, the former Gamecock scored 1.8 points per game. Lawson was stellar in his debut with the Texas Legends on Saturday as he tallied 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field. Lawson also recorded 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Lawson donned the garnet and black for three seasons. In 2019, Lawson made the SEC All-Freshman team after averaging 13.4 points per game in 29 games played. In his junior season in 2020-21, Lawson was a second-team All-SEC selection after he averaged 16.6 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Forward Chris Silva is currently a member of the College Park Skyhawks, which is a G-League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks. This season, Silva has played in eight games and is averaging 13.6 points per game and pulling 7.3 rebounds per game.

During his time as a Gamecock in 2015-19, Silva got better and better each year. In the 2017 Final Four run, he played a pivotal role on the team. Silva was voted a first-team All-SEC player in 2018 and 2019 and was also named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.

In each year from 2015-2019, Silva saw his total minutes increase. As a freshman in 2015, he played a total of 425 minutes. As a senior, Silva saw 856 minutes of court action. His points per game also increased each year. In his senior season, Silva averaged 15.2 points per game.

Guard Hassani Gravett is currently a member of Raptors 905, which is a G-League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors. This season, Gravett has recorded playing time in nine games and is averaging 5.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

In his three seasons as a Gamecock, Gravett improved each year and would win SEC Sixth Man of the Year in 2018-19 when he scored 11.4 points per game in 32 games played. He also shot 40 percent from behind the arc in his final season as a Gamecock.

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