With the eighth choose of the 2022 NBA Draft, David Griffin and the New Orleans Pelicans have chosen Dyson Daniels, a 6’8 guard from Australia who performed with the G League Ignite final season.
Daniels put up a line of 11.0 factors, 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 26 video games for the Ignite, however confirmed unimaginable enchancment because the season progressed.
His greatest attribute is his defensive versatility. With a wingspan of 6’11 and actually fast toes, Daniels confirmed a definite capability to stick with perimeter gamers of all sizes, arising 2.0 steals per sport. However, he additionally loved success in opposition to greater forwards as evidenced by 0.7 blocks.
While Daniels’ shot wants enchancment, he can contribute on offensive instantly within the league, due to respectable level guard playmaking abilities and the power to attain contained in the lane on the rim and off floaters.
Sam Vecenie of The Athletic ranked Daniels seventh on his top-100 board, placing him in a category of “High-leverage Starters.”
End of the day, I believe Daniels is the form of participant you win with. He’s a terrific defender as a youngster whom you possibly can anticipate to make an impression from Day 1. He handles the ball effectively and passes at a excessive stage. He processes the sport shortly and performs unselfishly. Even with out the specter of the jumper proper now, he helps groups by way of his sheer presence on the market, which supplies him an actual flooring. And if that jumper ever comes alongside – and given his contact and a few of the comparatively simpler mechanical tweaks that can hopefully assist his jumper with prep, it’s an affordable guess that it’s going to – the ceiling is being among the finest function gamers within the NBA.
Stay tuned, we’ll have extra evaluation of Daniels in coming days, however I went into larger depth on him in an article posted earlier as we speak.