NBA Position: SF
Hands: Length (8.75) x (9.75) Width
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
High School: Central Park Christian
SELECTED NO. 32 OVERALL BY THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
Ceiling: Arron Afflalo
Basement: Dorell Wright
NBA Comparison: Gerald Green (today)
- Long, Versatile Wing
- Quality Shooter
- Rebounds Position
- Quality Defender
- Elite Shot-Blocker For Position
Athleticism: Elite athlete is a term thrown around a lot when it does not fit, but McDaniels has arguably the best combination of size, strength, and raw leaping ability at his position. What makes him special as an athlete is that he uses it in a variety of ways as a defender, shot-blocker, rebounder, and scorer on the offensive end. McDaniels has a very good first step and can elevate at an elite level.
NBA Role: Utility defender and transition athlete. In college McDaniels is the only player in the nation that leads his team in points, rebounds, blocks, and three-point makes per game. He is a great athlete that has developed into a competent scorer with the ball in his hands and in spot-up situations from NBA three-point range. His role will diminish at the next level, but he is a utility player that can do a little bit of everything. Athletically McDaniels is everything the basketball world thought Gerald Green would be at this level. McDaniels projects as a better overall defender, but is a similar athlete and offensive player as Green is today.
Overall Analysis: This season McDaniels has elevated his game across the board becoming a better ball-handler, a more consistent shooter, and has become an effective half-court scorer. Before he was a great athlete that would score in transition, but most of his contributions came on the defensive end and on the glass. The addition of a quick first step dribble going to his right and the threat of the three-point shot has really elevated the offensive side of McDaniels game. He is now a very capable scorer with the ball in his hands attacking the rim. When attacking he is most effective in a three-point stance using his first step and quickness moving to the left at the basket. McDaniels has the frame and strength to absorb contact at the rim, finishing effectively. He has an NBA frame right now and the athleticism to step on the court and be able to play on that field from an athletic perspective. On the defensive end he has shown good instincts as a shot-blocker and play-maker. He shoots passing lanes with his quickness and length to cause turnovers. As a shot-blocker he is effective despite being more of a perimeter oriented athlete because of his instincts, make-up speed, and ability to cover the weakside of the basket. As a perimeter defender McDaniels moves his feet well staying in front of most wings. As a junior he is having a breakout year and just turned 21 years old this year.