Dawson with Maccabi Rishon LeZion in 2017
|No. 1 - Divina Seguros Joventut|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
|Born||December 12, 1993|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|NBA draft||2015 / Undrafted|
|2012-2017||Maccabi Rishon LeZion|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dawson was born in Eilat, Israel. His father, Joe Dawson, is an American basketball player who played in Israel for more than 20 years. His mother, Iris, is an Israeli woman of Yemenite Jewish ancestry. His parents divorced when he was 11, and he lived with his mother in Eilat. He played in Hapoel Eilat youth teams until he was 14, before moving to live with his father and his younger brother, Tyler, in Rehovot. He then joined the Maccabi Rishon LeZion youth team.
In 2012, Dawson started his professional career with Maccabi Rishon LeZion. On October 14, 2012, Dawson made his professional debut in a 70-54 win over Hapoel Gilboa Galil, scoring two points off the bench.
In his third season with Rishon LeZion, Dawson made his breakthrough season averaging 14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Dawson helped the team to reach the 2015 Israeli League Semifinals, where they eventually were eliminated by Hapoel Jerusalem. Dawson was named 2015 All-Israeli League First Team and the 2015 Israeli League Rising Star.
On May 9, 2015, Dawson signed a two-year contract extension with Maccabi Rishon LeZion. On June 9, 2016, Dawson recorded 21 points, shooting 5-of-7 from three-point range, along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals and helped Rishon LeZion to win the 2016 Israeli League Championship after an 83-77 win over Hapoel Jerusalem.
In July 2016, Dawson joined the Washington Wizards for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On August 12, 2016, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. However, he was later waived by the Pelicans on October 21, after appearing in three preseason games with them.
On October 24, 2016, Dawson returned to Maccabi Rishon LeZion for the rest of the season. On January 29, 2017, Dawson recorded a career-high 31 points, shooting 12-of-20 from the field, along with seven rebounds, three assists and six steals in a 92-93 loss to Hapoel Gilboa Galil. Dawson helped Rishon LeZion reach the 2017 Israeli League Final Four, where they eventually lost to Hapoel Jerusalem.
On July 18, 2017, Dawson signed a two-year deal with Bnei Herzliya. On December 6, 2017, Dawson recorded a season-high 30 points, shooting 5-of-8 from three-point range, along with four rebounds and two assists in 87-83 win over Charleroi. a On May 14, 2018, Dawson recorded 20 points along with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 78-64 win over Maccabi Haifa. He was subsequently named Israeli League Round 31 MVP.
In 41 games played during the 2017-18 season, he averaged 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
On July 27, 2018, Dawson signed a one-year deal with the Spanish team Divina Seguros Joventut for the 2018-19 season. On October 28, 2018, Dawson recorded a season-high 20 points, shooting 3-of-5 from three-point range, along with four rebounds and five assists in a 92-94 loss to Barcelona. On January 27, 2019, Dawson has been ruled out for the rest of the season after he suffered an ACL injury in a match against Gran Canaria. In 18 games played during the 2018-19 season, he averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, while shooting 40 percent from three-point range.
On February 28, 2019, Dawson signed a one-year contract extension with Joventut. On October 30, 2019, Dawson suffered another season-ending injury in his season debut, after he ruptured his achilles in a EuroCup match against Cedevita Olimpija.