I still think there’s a world where the Knicks are a perfect match for Ochai Agbaji, but looking at what the team needs and considering how he’s been playing as of late, I think the Knicks (and Tom Thibodeau specifically) will be equally enamored by Dyson Daniels.
It’s become abundantly clear that the Knicks need a point guard, but I’d argue that they could also use more switchable defenders on the team. Daniels would bring the playmaking of a point guard with the ability to switch on the perimeter on defense now standing at 6’8” in shoes (per Mike Schmitz).
Daniels is yet another player that can be described as “a jump shot away,” but he brings so many other valuable attributes to the table on both ends of the floor that it may not matter to the Knicks. On offense, he already has a high feel for the game, and when he’s unable to find a teammate for an easy bucket, he has one of the better floater packages in his draft class that he can pull out at any time.
Despite appearing slower and methodical most of the time on the court, he has deceivingly good athleticism—particularly laterally—that has made him stand out as one of the best perimeter defenders in his class. While I’m a big fan of Deuce McBride, if Daniels is selected by the Knicks and they play him at the point guard spot next to RJ Barrett, New York will find themselves with a super-sized, versatile backcourt. If Daniels’ jumper continues on the upward trend we’ve seen since February, that could be a scary team sooner rather than later.