Joey Dorsey

Joey Dorsey
No. 6 FC Barcelona Lassa
Position Power forward / Center
League Liga ACB
Personal information
Born (1983-12-16) December 16, 1983
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school Laurinburg Institute
(Laurinburg, North Carolina)
College Memphis (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
20082010 Houston Rockets
2008–2010Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2010 Sacramento Kings
2010–2011 Toronto Raptors
2011–2012 Caja Laboral
2012 Olympiacos
2012–2013 Royal Halı Gaziantep
2013–2014 FC Barcelona
2014–2015 Houston Rockets
2015–2016 Galatasaray Odeabank
2016–present FC Barcelona
Career highlights and awards

Richard Elmer "Joey" Dorsey (born December 16, 1983) is an American professional basketball player for FC Barcelona Lassa of the Liga ACB. He played college basketball for the University of Memphis.

College career

During both his sophomore and junior years on the team, the Tigers ended their season in the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight.[1]

During the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, as a member of the Memphis Tigers, Dorsey famously called Ohio State center Greg Oden "overrated as a big man", said that Oden "might be as good as Joey Dorsey", and labeled himself "Goliath" and Oden "the little man". The Buckeyes, however, defeated the Tigers 92–76; Oden had 17 points and 9 rebounds while Dorsey finished with no points and three rebounds, and did not attempt a field goal in the 19 minutes he spent on the court.[2][3]

However, during his senior year Dorsey led the Memphis Tigers to the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship game with Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts. The Tigers fell to Kansas 75–68 in overtime.

Professional career

2008–10: Houston Rockets

Dorsey was chosen as the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. After the draft, he was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for the draft rights to the 25th pick, Nicolas Batum. In the 2008–09 NBA season, Dorsey played in 3 games, scoring a total of 2 points, grabbing one rebound, and making one assist.

The Rockets assigned Dorsey to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.[4] On February 5, 2010, after previously being called back up from the NBDL, Dorsey played a career-high 19 minutes and grabbed 12 rebounds.[5]

2010–11: Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors

On February 18, 2010, Dorsey was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three team deal that also moved the Rockets' Tracy McGrady to the New York Knicks.[6] On March 28, 2010, Dorsey was waived by the Kings.[7]

On April 4, 2010, Dorsey was signed to a non-guaranteed contract by the Raptors.[8]

2011–12: Baskonia, Olympiacos

In September 2011, Dorsey signed a one-year deal with the Spanish League club Caja Laboral.[9] On January 10, 2012, he parted ways with Caja Laboral.[10] The next day, he signed with the Greek League club Olympiacos for the rest of the season.[11] With Olympiacos, he won the 2011–12 EuroLeague championship, as well as the 2011–12 Greek League championship. In August 2012, he re-signed with Olympiacos on a two-year deal.[12] On September 12, 2012, during a preseason exhibition game against Dinamo Sassari, Dorsey ended up shattering a backboard, with around two minutes left in the fourth quarter.[13]

On November 7, 2012, Dorsey was released by Olympiacos, ending their relationship two weeks after he criticized the organization, and he stopped playing with the team.[14]

2012–13: Gaziantep

On November 22, 2012, Dorsey signed with Royal Halı Gaziantep of the Turkish Basketball League for the rest of the season.[15]

2013–14: Barcelona

On July 17, 2013, Dorsey signed a one-year deal (with the option of a second) with the Spanish League club FC Barcelona.[16][17]

2014–15: Second stint with the Houston Rockets

On July 19, 2014, Dorsey signed with the Houston Rockets.[18] On January 21, 2015, he had a season-best game with seven points and 12 rebounds in a loss to the Golden State Warriors.[19]

On July 20, 2015, the Rockets traded Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, a 2016 first round draft pick, and cash considerations to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Ty Lawson and a 2017 second round draft pick.[20] On August 18, 2015, he was waived by the Nuggets in a buyout deal.[21]


On August 29, 2015, Dorsey signed a one-year, $650,000 net income contract with Galatasaray.[22][23] On February 19, 2016, he left Galatasaray, and returned to his former club, FC Barcelona Lassa, for the rest of the season.[24][25]

On August 17, 2016, Dorsey signed a two-year contract extension with Barcelona.[26]

Awards and accomplishments

College career

Professional career

Career statistics

  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


Regular season

2008–09 Houston 3 0 2.0 .500 .000 .000 .3 .3 .0 .0 .7
2009–10 Houston 7 0 7.7 .455 .000 .500 3.6 .3 .3 .1 1.6
2009–10 Sacramento 8 0 6.5 .444 .000 .400 2.3 .0 .1 .1 1.5
2010–11 Toronto 43 9 12.1 .525 .000 .477 4.4 .6 .6 .4 3.1
2014–15 Houston 69 17 12.4 .552 .000 .289 4.0 .4 .6 .4 2.7
Career 130 26 11.5 .534 .000 .375 3.9 .4 .5 .3 2.6

See also


  2. ESPN - Dorsey can't back smack, Oden's heading to Atlanta - Columnist
  3. ESPN - Memphis vs. Ohio State - Recap - March 24, 2007
  4. Rockets call up Joey Dorsey from NBA Development League - ESPN
  5. Dorsey gives Rockets a pick-me-up
  6. "KINGS: KINGS ACQUIRE CARL LANDRY, JOEY DORSEY AND LARRY HUGHES". 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
  7. "Kings Waive Dorsey". 2010-03-28. Archived from the original on April 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  8. "Raptors Sign Free Agent Joey Dorsey". April 4, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  9. CAJA LABORAL lands big man Dorsey
  10. Caja Laboral and Joey Dorsey part ways
  11. Olympiacos signs Joey Dorsey
  12. Olympiacos re-signs Dorsey through 2014
  13. Ex-Rocket, King and Raptor Joey Dorsey shatters backboard with dunk during game for Greek team Olympiacos (VIDEO)
  14. Olympiacos officially releases Dorsey
  15. Dorsey signs with Gaziantep BB
  16. "FC Barcelona adds former Euroleague champ Joey Dorsey". July 17, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  17. "BARCELONA lands former champ Dorsey". July 17, 2013. Archived from the original on July 21, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  18. "Rockets Add Depth to Roster with Signings". July 19, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  19. Joey Dorsey 2014-15 Game Log
  20. "Nuggets Acquire Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Cash Considerations and First Round Pick From Houston". July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  21. "Denver Nuggets Waive Dorsey". August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  22. "Joey Dorsey Galatasaray'da". (in Turkish). August 29, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  23. "Joey Dorsey inks a deal with Galatasaray". August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  24. "FC Barcelona Lassa sign Joey Dorsey until the end of the season". February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  25. "FC Barcelona brings back center Dorsey". February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  26. "Barcelona officially signs Joey Dorsey to a two-year contract extension". August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
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