Luguentz Dort

Canadian basketball player (born 1999)

Luguentz Dort
Dort with Canada in 2023
No. 5 – Oklahoma City Thunder
PositionSmall forward / shooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1999-04-19) April 19, 1999 (age 25)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeArizona State (2018–2019)
NBA draft2019: undrafted
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentOklahoma City Thunder
2019–2020→Oklahoma City Blue
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Luguentz Dort (born April 19, 1999; French: [dɔʁ] or English: /dɔːrt/[1]) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Dort completed his high school career at the Athlete Institute in Mono, Ontario, where he was rated as high as a five-star recruit and was one of the top high school players in Canada. In his first year with Arizona State, he earned second-team All-Pac-12 Conference honours and was named to the all-defensive team in the Pac-12. He was also voted the conference’s freshman of the year.[2]

Early life

Dort was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Haitian parents who moved to Canada from Saint-Marc when they were around 21 years old.[3][4] Growing up in Montréal-Nord, he first played soccer as a goalkeeper, but his brothers later influenced him to play basketball.[5][6] Dort played street basketball at Saint Laurent Park near his home in Montreal. His involvement in the sport helped him avoid joining street gangs like some of his friends.[7] At age 12, Dort began playing organized basketball in Park Extension, a neighbourhood in Montreal, where he was coached by Nelson Ossé.[5][8] He started weight training at age 15. At this time, his height was 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m). He would continue to grow about one inch per year through the rest of his teenage years.[5]

High school career

Dort spent his first season at the high school level in Quebec.[9] Through his high school years, he competed for Brookwood Elite on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit.[10] In July 2015, he played for Canada at the adidas Nations tournament, averaging 9.2 points and 4 rebounds through 4 games.[11][12] As a sophomore, Dort transferred to Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Florida to face better competition and learn English.[7] Before moving, his coach Nelson Ossé urged him to improve his poor academic performance.[7] In August 2016, Dort averaged 11.3 points through 6 games to lead Canada to second place at adidas Nations.[12][13] Later in the month, he was invited to the Nike Americas Team Camp, where he was named most valuable player (MVP) of the All-Star game.[14] Dort moved to Conrad Academy in Orlando, Florida for his junior season, following his former Arlington Country Day coach Shaun Wiseman.[15] In 2017, he took part in adidas Nations and the Nike Hoop Summit All-Star game.[16] Dort also scored 30 points to win team MVP honors at the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game.[17] On October 18, 2017, he committed to play college basketball for Arizona State, becoming the program's most touted recruit since James Harden in 2007.[18] As a senior, Dort joined the Athlete Institute, a prep school in Mono, Ontario.[19] In April 2018, he reclaimed team MVP accolades at the BioSteel All-Canadian Game after recording 34 points and 8 rebounds.[20]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Luguentz Dort
SG
Montreal, Quebec Athlete Institute (ON) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Oct 18, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 92
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: N/A  247Sports: 33  ESPN: N/A
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Arizona State 2018 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  • "2018 Arizona State Sun Devils Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 25, 2018.

College career

Dort playing against Buffalo in the NCAA tournament

On November 6, 2018, Dort made his debut for Arizona State, tallying 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals in a 102–94 win over Cal State Fullerton in double-overtime.[21] He broke the school record for freshman debut points.[22] Dort, on November 12, recorded his first double-double, with 12 points and 12 rebounds in a 90–58 win over Long Beach State.[23] On November 21, he posted 33 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists against Utah State in the heavyweight bracket of the MGM Resorts Main Event, scoring the third-most points by a freshman in Arizona State history.[24][25] He was named MVP of the tournament.[26] A few days later, Dort was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week.[27] He struggled offensively towards the end of December, shooting a combined 9-of-45 from the field through four games from December 15 to 29.[28]

Following Arizona State's loss in the 2019 NCAA men's basketball tournament, Dort announced his intention to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2019 NBA draft.[29]

Professional career

Oklahoma City Thunder (2019–present)

After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft, Dort signed a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.[30] He made his NBA debut on December 6, 2019, playing 7 minutes and grabbing one rebound in an overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. On January 29, 2020, Dort scored a then career-high 23 points with two rebounds, a steal and a block in a 120–100 win over the Sacramento Kings.[31] In the 2020 NBA playoffs, Dort was lauded for his defense on James Harden during a seven game round one loss[32][33] and for, by at least one measure, being "the highest-effort defensive player in the NBA."[34]

On June 24, 2020, the Thunder announced that they had re-signed Dort to a 4-year, $5.4 million contract.[35] On April 13, 2021, Dort scored a career-high 42 points in a 106–96 loss to the Utah Jazz, making seven 3-pointers in the process, also a career-high.[36]

On February 2, 2022, Dort scored a season-high 30 points, including 14 straight points for the Thunder to end the game, in a 120–114 overtime win against the Dallas Mavericks.[37] On March 8, he underwent season-ending surgery to address a labrum tear in his left shoulder.[38]

On July 6, 2022, after he had his team option declined, Dort re-signed with the Thunder on a five-year, $87.5 million contract.[39][40]

On November 3, 2023, Dort led the Thunder in scoring with 29 points while making all six of his three point attempts, during a 141–139 loss to the Golden State Warriors.[41]

National team career

On May 24, 2022, Dort agreed to a three-year commitment to play with the Canadian senior men's national team.[42]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2019–20 Oklahoma City 36 28 22.8 .394 .297 .792 2.3 .8 .9 .1 6.8
2020–21 Oklahoma City 52 52 29.7 .387 .343 .744 3.6 1.7 .9 .4 14.0
2021–22 Oklahoma City 51 51 32.6 .404 .332 .843 4.2 1.7 .9 .4 17.2
2022–23 Oklahoma City 74 73 30.7 .388 .330 .772 4.6 2.1 1.0 .3 13.7
Career 213 204 29.6 .393 .332 .787 3.9 1.7 .9 .3 13.4

Play-in

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2023 Oklahoma City 2 2 36.2 .500 .500 .800 6.5 2.0 1.0 .5 22.0
Career 2 2 36.2 .500 .500 .800 6.5 2.0 1.0 .5 22.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2020 Oklahoma City 6 6 29.2 .355 .260 .533 3.7 1.0 .3 1.0 12.5
Career 6 6 29.2 .355 .260 .533 3.7 1.0 .3 1.0 12.5

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Arizona State 34 33 31.5 .405 .307 .700 4.3 2.3 1.5 .2 16.1

References

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