• Sudeep Tumma

Scouting Report: Dyson Daniels Provides a High Floor With NBA-Ready Traits

The size is only the beginning.

Jalen Green was the pioneer of the NBA’s attempt at establishing an alternative to college for highly-rated prospects. He was the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft after the G League Ignite’s inaugural season.

In its second season, the Ignite has a batch of players who could all be first-round picks. Dyson Daniels appears to be at the top of that list.

The Australian native is an interesting prospect who brings an NBA-ready maturity to the court.

The 6-6, 199-pound point guard has terrific positional size. While he’s not an elite athlete, he still profiles as a good athlete who mixes in size/skill to remain effective.

Daniels is an intelligent decision-maker who excels as a driver.

In his arsenal, you’ll find a refined floater along with a patented spin move he routinely goes to. He possesses the body control, balance and power to finish through contact.

He’s effective as a downhill driver with the ability to size up a defender and attack. He’s also splendid at moving without the ball. Daniels thrives on curl cuts and/or dribble drives when he receives the ball with an advantage and can attack the rim with the adroitness to finish with either hand.

Without a daunting first step, he does a marvelous job utilizing his skill, IQ and plays with a masterful pace to remain a force.

He’s hyper-efficient out of pick-and-roll sets. He makes wise decisions while playing under control and either attacks the rim or finds an open teammate — which is one of his best assets.

Daniels is a tremendous playmaker. He averaged 5.1 assists, but his ability to run an offense and be a legitimate floor general is more impressive to me. He executes plays well, keeps the offense on schedule and gets the ball into the hands of his scorers.

As a playmaker, Daniels displays excellent passing vision and instincts. He isn’t an uber-fancy passer, but his head is always up and does a good job of not telegraphing his passes. Daniels hits passes with good velocity and superb accuracy.

But what sincerely sets him apart is his elite outlet passes. Daniels is a maestro at heaving passes after a rebound, finding streaking teammates down the court. Which speaks to not just his passing prowess, but also to his unselfishness.

He does an admirable job considering the athleticism woes, but improving his handles would go a long way in his development.

Daniels does a commendable job utilizing crossovers, behind-the-back moves, etc. as he sizes up defenders on drives, but he’s a little loose with the ball. He’s susceptible to having the ball poked out by a defender.

That’s the main protagonist behind Daniels’ 3.0-turnover figure.

Still, his overall offense is a net positive, and it’s only further bolstered by his gaudy post-up ability.

At 6-6, Daniels backs down his defenders and creates mismatches in the low post. He’s adept in those spots as he has the strength to back down smaller guards/wings and hit them with the baby hook or turnaround jumper.

Daniels provides plentiful as a scorer, but his shooting is the easy caveat to see.

He provides essentially no mid-range game, but his 3-pointer is a lot more promising. He doesn’t shoot the best percentage at 34.7% from deep.

He mostly works off spot-up looks, but he flaunts the ability to pull up off the dribble from deep. Daniels doesn’t offer much as a shot creator, working off stepbacks and hitting off-balance jumpers, but the shooting stroke will need to continue to improve as he takes on the next level, especially with his lack of athleticism.

But Daniels’ overall package continues to impress. His rebounding is another plus to add to the bag. His vertical pop is underrated and his 6-10 wingspan aids his rebounding prowess. He snatches the ball out of the air to the tune of 7.4 rebounds a game.

And 1.7 of those are on the offensive board. Speaking to his IQ, Daniels opportunistically crashes offensive boards and puts himself in place to grab offensive rebounds and finesse second-chance points. He feels when his defender falls asleep and slips right by him.

Then on defense, Daniels really gleams with appeal as a versatile defender who can guard multiple positions.

His effort level is high, as he stays locked in off-ball with stellar defensive intensity.

But his one-on-one defense is a major boost to his profile. He has the lateral quickness to slide along, and the length to contest layups/shots.

He switches every matchup and is an excellent help defender.

Daniels also uses his length well as a disruptive defender. He racks up 2.1 steals a game because of his instincts to jab at the ball when he’s a help defender.

As a whole, Daniels offers one of the higher floors among prospects in this class. His NBA-ready physical profile and maturity really stand out, making him an immediate impact player.

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