Our 2022 NBA Draft Scout Report Series continues with a look at Dyson Daniels, an intriguing Australian fullback prospect.
Dyson Daniels’ name is becoming familiar to those who follow him as the 2022 NBA draft class continues to take shape. The 19-year-old Australian defender has arguably climbed the billboard and is taunted more than any other player in the class due to the immediate and short term value he has to offer in defense and the potential he has shown to improve offense. perspective.
From the looks of it, the teams that were hoping to get the chance to pick him in the middle of the first round will have to find a way to move up in order to position themselves to potentially acquire him. Almost single-handedly, Daniels increases the value of spades in the top half of the lottery, which could potentially be moved by the teams that hold them (Sacramento and Portland are possible examples).
The decision to join the G League Elite program last summer served him well. Familiarity with NBA concepts and methods has allowed him to demonstrate his unique ability to use the skills he learns in a development context and quickly apply them in a game setting.
This is especially true in defence, where his possession and attack are impressive for a player of his age and experience. Daniels uses his 6’6″ physique and 6’10.5″ wingspan to hold the ball players back with exceptional footwork and disciplined hand use.
Perhaps the most unexpected part of his game as a defender is his desire not to overplay situations like most young players do. For example, he is content to simply stop dribbling penetration and see the ball return to another player on the perimeter.
He is adequately weighted when he uses opportunities to create losses, relying mostly on digs and chances to jump over the passing lane. He is exceptionally good at foreseeing and understanding the value of creating variation.
Very few teenagers can enter a league with the ability to trust an NBA coach on defense, but Daniels is as close as it gets in this regard. During his time in the G League, he has shown his ability to operate in all areas of the game as a defender, whether with or without the ball, in various assist situations and in transition.
Daniels is good with screens and understands how to effectively manage space. He can allow some separation when necessary and find an angle that will allow him to get back into position to bond with his man again.
Although his vertical athleticism didn’t perform well in the NBA draft, Daniels regularly demonstrates the ability to influence rim shooters. In this area, especially for larger defenders, functional athleticism can sometimes serve the defender better than superior running and jumping ability, which must be contained to avoid fouls or otherwise being out of the game.
The vertical athleticism of the young guards was tested very well. In fact, he showed the best time in the shuttle run. Daniels undoubtedly plans to be a top-level defender in terms of ball containment and point of attack.
On offense, he may be able to function as a leading defender at one point, but will come to the next level, better equipped to develop as a secondary creator. He demonstrates the ability to see every pass even on the move. He is quite patient with the pick and roll and waits for the defense to make a pick before reading and reacting with the right decision.
Perhaps the most NBA-appropriate skill he has on offense is his ability to launch possession passes. His accurate forward passes come, indeed, from anywhere on the court. And the precision and touch is everything you could expect.
The skill that will determine his potential attack ceiling is shooting. Daniels was an inconsistent perimeter shooter, hitting about 30% of the three-point line in amateur and pro terms.
The shooting form is clean, but the release is a bit slow. Daniels has been open that he thinks this has a lot to do with his confidence, or lack of it, as a shooter.
The tools he uses in the mid-range are working quite well for him at this stage, but he will need to continue to diversify his arsenal in this area. He is comfortable getting to the float with either foot, and has good balance and determination when pulling up.
Daniels’ confidence and ability to score under the basket also appears to be under development. He showed some interesting improvements last season in G League competition. But it will take time to figure out how much of the progress can take hold.
In recent tryout drafts, Daniels has been ranked seventh or higher most of the time. If the Kings really intend to move their pick to four, it won’t be surprising that the team will move forward to take him even in this position.
From the Hawks’ point of view, it’s impossible to imagine a more desirable defensive prospect they could target. Three years ago, they spent most of the capital to rise up and select De’Andre Hunter. Can they make a similar move this year?
Time will tell.