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Dyson Daniels, 2022 NBA Mock Draft
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142. . 10. player. . G League. Big Guard. Dyson Daniels

Many of the league’s guards are growing bigger and stronger than ever before, and Dyson Daniels is a prime example of that trend. The 6-foot-6 teenager is projected as a proficient floor general and impact defender who can leave his mark across positions. Daniels navigates screens methodically, dissecting the floor with impressive court vision that helps him make the right read—whether it’s a pass, attack, or reset in any given moment.

Daniels thrives in transition no matter the context. While he’s not the most explosive athlete, he’s adept at navigating the court and putting the ball in places where either he or his teammates can score. Inversely, Daniels leverages his size and basketball IQ to cut off fastbreaks and pester opposing ball-handlers to prevent transition buckets.

Assuming the Washington Wizards won’t change their prerogative of building around Bradley Beal, they’ll need a backcourt running mate who complements the former All-Star’s slick playstyle. Adding a willing passer who is unafraid of tough defensive matchups would not only address immediate needs but pave a path for the team moving forward.

However, Daniels is not a definite success story. He’s prone to turn the ball over and won’t beat his matchup with speed. Breaking down defenders off the dribble isn’t a strong point for him quite yet, though he’s shown signs of life in this area. Daniels needs to spend a lot of time working on his long-range jump shot as it’s his clearest weak point at this stage of his evolution.

Luckily for everyone involved, Washington doesn’t need Daniels to be a lights-out shooter right away. His job will be to make life easier for Beal and Kristaps Porzingis.

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