Sir’Dominic Pointer was the first player in NBA G League history to record both 80 blocks and 80 steals in a season… and he did it in just 43 games.
That’s it. That’s really all that needs to be said if you want to know what Sir’Dom was about this year. We could really just end the article here if we wanted to. But we happen to know he’s a pretty nice guy so we will continue to dole out the compliments.
Dom finished second in NBA G League DPOY voting (don’t get us started) after his strongest of three seasons wearing Wine & Gold. In the COVID shortened season, Dom averaged 11.9 points on 44% from the field with 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.9 steals per game en route to being names First Team All-Defense. He was all over the floor, matching up with every position and playing an elite level of defending.
“Dom is a gamer. You know when the lights go on that Dom is going to show up,” said Head Coach Nate Reinking. “Beyond his elite defensive ability and game-changing highlight plays, his experience and growth as a player and leader has been an integral part of the success of the Charge. Dom’s a winner.”
And he did do it all, with his impact felt throughout the Charge’s successes this season. The team was 11-3 when Pointer was in the starting lineup and he led the team in blocks 25 different games, mostly from the 3-4 positions. He had five separate 20+ scoring games and also led the team in steals 11 different games… a feat in itself considering he was playing alongside J.P. Macura most nights.
Pointer has shown great improvement in his game since arriving in 2015 as a second round pick. Always known as a lengthy, defensive stopper, Dom has worked hard to refine his game to be more polished all-around. The numbers don’t lie:
Those who have seen the progress in action speak highly of Sir’Dom’s prospects & talent.
“I love how hard he’s worked since he’s been with the organization,” said longtime Charge play-by-play man Scott Zurilla. “His jumper is so improved to the point where you can’t leave him open anymore and his ball handling is so much better than before. He’s a much better player than the one the Cavs drafted.”
Sir’Dom’s offensive improvement was on maximum display on the big stage of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in a win over Fort Wayne.
Three years of improvement in Canton and a big impact player for the Charge… but is he NBA ready? The Cavs called-up Dom for a 10-day contract this past season to reward his stellar play, but does he have what it takes to stick?
“He has an elite skill set that will get him onto an NBA court; his defensive instincts and playmaking ability are up there with some of the best I’ve seen,” said Charge GM Brendon Yu. “He’s really done a good job working on his shot and balancing out his game. The other unique aspect is unlike some of these high scorers in the NBA G League who will have to adjust to a lesser role in the NBA, Sir’Dom will play a similar role as a 3&D player, something he’s really thrived at the past couple years.”