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Nov 28, 2021; Stockton, CA, USA; G League Ignite guard Dyson Daniels (3) dribbles during the third quarter against the Stockton Kings at Stockton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA draft is approaching on June 23 and the Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 19 overall pick. After a march to the playoffs this past season the Wolves will be looking to take the next step forward and it starts with the draft. 

Who might they be interested in with the No. 19 pick? 

In this edition, we take a look at G League Ignite combo guard Dyson Daniels.

OVERVIEW

A native of Australia, Daniels earned a spot in the NBA Global Academy at age 16. He joined the NBL Next Stars (an Australian program aimed at helping young players prepare for the NBA), turning down numerous offers from some big U.S. college programs.

Playing for the G League Ignite this past season – he turned 19 in mid-March – Daniels averaged 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals over 32.0 minutes. However, he shot just 44.9% from the field and 25.5% from 3, although he improved on the latter as the year went on.

Daniels played at 6-foot-6 in the G League. He’s already grown nearly two inches in the months since.

NBA COMBINE RESULTS

Lane agility time: 10.81 seconds (fifth among guards)

Shuttle run: 2.81 seconds (best among all players)

Three-quarter sprint: 3.22 seconds

Standing vertical: 29 inches

Max vertical: 34 inches

MEASURABLES

Height: 6-foot-7 1/2

Weight: 195 pounds

Wingspan: 6-10 1/2

FILM ROOM

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

“Australian playmaker taking advantage of the G League route by showcasing his trustworthy facilitating and lockdown defense. Doesn’t need plays run for him to make an impact. He’s an aware cutter and offensive rebounder. He’s good at reading mismatches and makes smart improvisational plays. He can score and facilitate from inside with the size to back down or shoot a turnaround jumper over smaller players. If he starts hitting spot-up 3s, he’ll have all the skills he needs to thrive. Much like fellow Australian Josh Giddey, Daniels’s passing is his real appeal. He’s such an advanced pick-and-roll artist that he’s already able to draw in defenders with the threat of his floater and pull-up, only to throw a jump pass to his rolling big man. He just executes at a high level. When a shooter comes off a screen, he puts the ball right in their pocket. If a play is called for a lob, he makes it easy for the guy leaping to the basket. There’s no pass that he can’t make. ... Excellent defender with the versatility to defend guards and wings. His intelligence translates on this end with the way he positions himself and sticks to his man. But he’s not just a basketball nerd who studies hard—he plays his ass off and sets the tone for his teammates. Fans will love this guy immediately.” -- Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer

“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.” – NBADraft.net

HOW HE FITS

Daniels could fit into the Wolves’ offense seamlessly as his versatility allows him to play multiple positions. At nearly 6-8, he’d be a tough man to guard running the point. While Daniels could play the 2 guard, his shooting does need work and he might be a better fit – early on at least – playing the 1 or 3. He’s also a top-notch defender, which fits right into head coach Chris Finch’s plan. Daniels is considered by some to be the best prospect among the G League Ignite players, which means he might not even make it to Minnesota’s pick at No. 19. If he does, you’d have to think the Wolves will give the skilled guard a lot of consideration.

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