3 - Dyson Daniels

6-7, 195 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
G-League International
Birthday
03/17/03 (19.5 yrs)
Hometown
Bendigo, Australia
High School
NBA Global Academy at the Australian Institute of Sport
International Team
Centre of Excellence
Team Site Profile
Athleticism
7
Size
9
Defense
9
Strength
7
Quickness
8
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
7
Ball Handling
7
Potential
8
Passing
8
Intangibles
8

NBA Comparison: Malcolm Brogdon

Strengths: 6-6 combo guard with great size and length for his position … Active participant on both ends of the floor … Solid rebounder for a guard … Good break starter with the ability to thread the needle in transition and get downhill fast … A good transition cutter without the ball in his hand … Has the ability to penetrate in the half court and navigate through traffic around the rim … Extremely efficient floater, the most important part of his offensive game and a true “giant-killer” move … Solid form and fluidity on his jumper from the outside, while he is willing to take it, will need to start making them going forward … Has potential to become a spot up and catch and shoot threat as he grows, good court vision and passing ability with the ball in his hand..proven pick and roll threat at the international level, more spacing at the next level will make him a better passer out of the PNR … Has potential to be one of the top two way rookies in his class..size and length allow him to disrupt passing lanes that lead to easy transition baskets, good motor with the ability to defend multiple positions through traffic and without fouling..only averaging 2.1 fouls a game this season..stays low in his stance and has shown he can flip his hips with his back to the basket … Has room to grow as a team defender, has shown flashes as a weak side and help defender around the rim, size allows him to be a good shot blocker for his position, can also stop the ball and defend through the pick and roll … A  player that an NBA organization will likely look to invest in based on two way potential … Outisde shot still needs work but his form shows promise …

Weaknesses: While his skill potential is high. Feel for the game seems to still be a work in progress … A good athlete, but that doesn’t always translate to the floor…Isn’t super explosive and struggles to finish as often as he should … Lacks a great first step to create separation …  Has trouble elevating over bigger defenders, which could be a product of age and maturing … Often alters his shot instead of trying to take contact making it harder on himself to convert … Length and size give him advantage with smaller defenders but bigger rim protectors give him problems on the inside…on the outside he is a basic dribbler with no real moves and doesn’t have a quick first step, guards have been able to stay in front of him and force the ball out his hand…only shooting 1.5 FTA per game … An average ball handler, has room to grow to become the starting primary ball handler at the next level..carries the ball high when bringing it up the floor or operating in the halfcourt, smaller quicker guards could get under him and force turnovers..will be challenged to keep defenders from pressing him..outside of taking the ball to the rim, he lacks creativity and can’t create his own shot or shake a defender from the outside, slow release of the ball … Has shown some hesitation when shooting from outside..little to no mid-range game, limited on the offensive end … Could have trouble with smaller guards and has gotten lost when defending off the ball … Can work on decision making when deciding to get into passing lanes, too many gambles could leave him behind the ball and put additional pressure on the rest of his teammates to defend … Outside shooting needs work, as he seems to shoot a bit of a set shot and still has a ways to go from a efficiency standpoint …

Outlook: As one of younger players in this draft class, his potential and progress is hard to ignore … Daniels had some trouble putting it all together during his time in the G-League but completely,  he showed hard work to improve and develop as the season went along .. While he doesn’t always utilize his athleticism completely, he proved that it’s there with stand out testing numbers at the NBA Draft Combine …. Ideally, Daniels is drafted into an offense that spaces the floor so he can shine as a distributor while developing his scoring game … Look for the Australian guard to be drafted somewhere in the middle of the first round …

Notes: Measured: 6’6.0” barefoot, 6’7.5” in shoes, 8’9.0” standing reach, 195.2 lbs, 6’10.50” wingspan at the 2022 NBA Draft Combine … Had a solid 34.0 Max vertical at the combine …

Joe Casey 6/1/22

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