Australian Dyson Daniels has received glowing praise from one of the NBA’s top draft experts after putting on a show at the NBA Combine.
Scouts from all NBA teams were out in full force getting a first-hand look at all prospects ahead of next month’s draft, which will take place on June 23 (local time).
Daniels has already met with nine teams so far at the Combine according to The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov, including the Knicks, Hawks, Cavaliers, Bucks, Raptors and Kings.
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Daniels had been projected as a potential top-10 pick, although leading draft expert Jonathan Givony reported that the Australian is now “starting to generate some top-five pick buzz”.
“Dyson Daniels had (in my view) the most impressive showing of any prospect on the Pro Day circuit at the NBA Combine, shooting the lights out and looking like he still has immense potential he’s yet to tap into,” Givony wrote on Twitter.
“Starting to generate some top-five pick buzz.”
Shooting remains the biggest concern for any teams who may be interested in Daniels, having shot 30.3 per cent of 3-pointers from 3.6 attempts per game in his time at G League Ignite.
There is plenty to like about the Australian though, who boasts incredible vision and playmaking ability along with the ability to guard three positions.
Having also grown up with a background in Australian rules football, Daniels’ passing abilities have been compared to that of fellow Australian and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey.
Daniels said he would “love” to play with Giddey if the opportunity arose, be it at the draft or in the future.
“Whether it’s the right fit or not, I’d prefer to be in a place that’s going to be the right fit for me,” Daniels added, speaking at a media opportunity during the Combine.
“Whether that’s OKC or not, I’m not sure. Hopefully one day I’ll get to play with Josh for sure. “
Like Giddey, Daniels could also fly up the draft boards if the hype he is generating at the Combine is anything to go by.
Giddey also went into the NBA with question marks surrounding his long-range shooting but had plenty of room for growth and Daniels too is only expected to get better.
G-League head coach Jason Hart told The New York Postthat it should not take long to develop Daniels’ shooting from deep.
“He doesn’t have a messed-up form,” Hart said.
“He just needs reps. It’s not too many NBA players can come in shooting the 3 elite, even those who shot them well in college. Corey Kispert [the former Gonzaga star now with the Wizards] didn’t shoot it well and he’s a shooter.
“[Daniels] just needs reps and time. When that develops, it will open up his game even more. He’s very intriguing. “
One scout, meanwhile, told The Post Daniel has “got feel, skill and sneaky athleticism”.