Canton Charge

Sir’Dominic Pointer is blessed to have an opportunity in the league

After practice, with majority of the players doing shooting drills with coaches and you can hear the sound of bouncing basketballs around you.

That was the scene after the Canton Charge practiced Thursday afternoon on New Years Eve. The 53rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, guard Sir’Dominic Pointer took time to discuss his time at St. John’s and the journey to the NBA and more.

Before coming to the professional level, Pointer played all four years at St. John’s. During his last season at St. John’s, he averaged 13.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.4 blocks per game. In his career at St. John’s, he averaged 8.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.

Although the Cavaliers drafted Pointer, he was not in training camp with the Cavaliers this fall. Pointer has been with the Cavaliers NBA D-League affiliate Canton Charge throughout the 2015 season. Pointer so far is averaging 5.6 pointers, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in his first season with the Charge. 

Pointer described the feeling of being selected by the Cavaliers.

“It was a great experience, a great feeling,” Pointer said. “I was blessed to have my name called in the top 60 of the draft. It was a blessing.”

Pointer also stated what he took away from playing at St. John’s to coming at the next level.

“Live in the moment.”

Pointer said he doesn’t try to model his game after anyone in particular, instead he is trying to make his own way in the NBA. Pointer did say he watches the Cavs play from time to time but his focus is mainly on what he has to do with the Charge.

Although Pointer does not pattern his game after any one player, he did say he enjoys watching Iman Shumpert because Shumpert is a defensive oriented player like Pointer.

“I watch how (Shumpert) plays, tough defender, aggressive,” Pointer said. “I try to add some stuff, different things, try to mix it up.”

Being with the Canton Charge has also been a learning experience for Pointer. 

“I’ve learned a lot. Up’s and down’s, but I’m learning still, got a long way to go. Got to get better.” Pointer said.

Pointer told us that he still keeps in touch with his ex-teammates at St. John’s, they have a big group text message that they communicate often with one another.

Pointer also stated what he took away from playing at St. John’s to coming at the next level.

“Live in the moment.”

 

There is one thing Pointer would like Cavs fans to know about him.

“I play hard, that’s the one thing I do.” Pointer said.

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