Shawn Dawson
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Shawn Dawson
Shawn Dawson
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Dawson with Maccabi Rishon LeZion in 2017
No. 1 - Divina Seguros Joventut
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
LeagueLiga ACB
Personal information
Born (1993-12-12) December 12, 1993 (age 26)
Eilat, Israel
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2012-present
Career history
2012-2017Maccabi Rishon LeZion
2017-2018Bnei Herzliya
Career highlights and awards

Shawn Dawson (Hebrew: ‎; born December 12, 1993) is an Israeli professional basketball player for Divina Seguros Joventut of the Liga ACB. He is the son of former basketball player Joe Dawson.

Early life

Dawson was born in Eilat, Israel. His father, Joe Dawson, is an American basketball player who played in Israel for more than 20 years.[1] 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.

Professional career

Maccabi Rishon LeZion (2012-2017)

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

In July 2016, Dawson joined the Washington Wizards for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[5] On August 12, 2016, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA.[6] However, he was later waived by the Pelicans on October 21, after appearing in three preseason games with them.[7]

On October 24, 2016, Dawson returned to Maccabi Rishon LeZion for the rest of the season.[8] 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.[9] Dawson helped Rishon LeZion reach the 2017 Israeli League Final Four, where they eventually lost to Hapoel Jerusalem.

Bnei Herzliya (2017-2018)

On July 18, 2017, Dawson signed a two-year deal with Bnei Herzliya.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.

Divina Seguros Joventut (2018-present)

In July 2018, Dawson joined the Brooklyn Nets for the 2018 NBA Summer League,[13] where he averaged 11.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

On July 27, 2018, Dawson signed a one-year deal with the Spanish team Divina Seguros Joventut for the 2018-19 season.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

National team career

Dawson is a member of the Israeli national team. He participated in the 2015 and the 2017 Eurobasket tournaments.


  1. ^ "Mitnick: Top 5 European 2015 NBA Draft Prospects". May 21, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Winner League, Game 1: Gilboa/Galil Vs M. Rishon". October 14, 2012. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Maccabi Rishon LeZion extends Shawn Dawson". May 9, 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Final Four - Winner League Final: Hapoel J-M Vs M. Rishon". June 9, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Wizards announce full 2016 Summer League roster, featuring Kelly Oubre, Aaron White, Jarell Eddie among others". SB-Nation. July 5, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Pelicans Sign Shawn Dawson". August 12, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Pelicans Waive Dawson, Sacre". October 21, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Tenerife bring back English, Dawson returns to Rishon". October 24, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Winner League Game 16: Gilboa Galil Vs M. Rishon". January 29, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Bnei Herzliya signs Shawn Dawson for two seasons". July 18, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Bnei Rav-Bariach Herzliya v Proximus Spirou". December 6, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ " ?-31: ". (in Hebrew). May 15, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Summer League: Breaking Down the Roster". June 29, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Shawn Dawson signs with Joventut Badalona". Sportando. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Barça Lassa vs Divina Seguros Joventut". (in Spanish). October 28, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ " ". February 4, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ "Shawn Dawson, Joventut Badalona agree to contract extension". Sportando. February 28, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ "Badalona's Shawn Dawson returns from ACL injury, goes down with achilles tendon rupture". Sportando. October 30, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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