Unlike most college prospects, Dyson Daniels attended the G-league development program. Daniels entered the G-league as an international prospect. So, he wasn’t ranked coming out of high school like the other prospects. Over 29 games between the G-League showcase and the G-league Ignite tour, Daniels averaged 11.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and two steals per game. The guard improved as the season progressed and was able to work his way up the NBA Draft boards. He’s going to be under heavy consideration for teams in the lottery.
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Name: Dyson Daniels
Jersey: No. 3
School: G-League Ignite
Weight: 195 lbs
The strengths of Daniels’ game include passing, rebounding, and defense. His 6-foot-11 wingspan makes him a tough defender who can guard multiple positions. He is very active on defense using his active hands to play the passing lanes and slow down ball-handlers. Averaging close to seven rebounds per game, Daniels is very active on the boards. On defense, he loves crashing the boards and pushing the ball to create opportunities in transition. He’s great at going downhill and creating scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Although he loves getting out on the fast break, Daniels is also good when the game slows down in the half-court. His floater game is a lethal weapon he can use against NBA defenders. He’s already got that part of his game polished. Daniels is also athletic enough to finish at the rim but is good at taking what the defense gives him. He’s comfortable enough to go to his mid-range jumper or floater if needed.
On the flip side, he still needs improvement on his ball-handling, creating separation, and shooting consistently. He has basic dribble moves but nothing where he can create separation from his defenders. He dribbles the ball up so high that smaller defenders can get under him and steal the ball. Currently, Daniels is not a primary ball-handler at the NBA level. It’s going to be challenging for him against NBA defenders who are aware of his weakness. Daniels also lacks a quick first step, allowing guards to stay in front of him and potentially steal the ball.
His jump shooting is something that needs improvement. During his lone season in the G-league, he shot 30 percent from beyond the arc and 53.3 percent from the free-throw line. Daniels also needs to work on his defensive awareness as well. Especially when it comes to his decision-making in the passing lanes. There are times when he gambles for the steal, and it puts more pressure on his teammates to rotate.
Overall, Daniels is still young with room to grow. In G-league, Daniels has struggled to put it together at times but has shown improvement throughout the season. An ideal situation for him would be on a team with spacers and primary ball-handlers. This will help with Daniels’ development as his career progresses. It’ll most definitely help as his scoring develops. Since he’s played internationally, it’ll help him adjust to the speed of the NBA game. Expect Daniels to be selected somewhere between the top 10 and top 15.
Projected Draft Range: Top 10
Most Likely Team: Atlanta Hawks
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