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NBA DRAFT 2022 : DYSON DANIELS ON NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

Updated: Sep 8, 2022


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Dyson James Daniels (born 17 March 2003) is an Australian professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted eighth overall in the 2022 NBA draft.

Daniels was born in Bendigo, Australia and started playing basketball at age seven. He signed with the Bendigo Braves, his father's former team, of the NBL1 for the 2019 season. Later that year, Daniels joined the NBA Global Academy, a training center at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

He helped Victoria win a silver medal at the 2021 Australian Under-20 Championships. Along with basketball, Daniels was a talented Australian rules footballer in his younger years and represented his home state of Victoria at several national football championships before giving up the sport to focus solely on basketball.

Daniels represented Australia at the 2018 FIBA Oceania Under-15 Championship in Papua New Guinea. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game, helping his team win the gold medal. On 20 February 2021, Daniels made his debut for the Australian senior national team at FIBA Asia Cup qualification. He recorded 23 points, six steals, and four assists in an 81–52 win over New Zealand.[

On 21 June 2021, Daniels signed with the NBA G League Ignite, a developmental team affiliated with the NBA G League. He turned down offers from several college programs and the National Basketball League Next Stars program. Daniels was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. Daniels joined the Pelicans' 2022 NBA Summer League roster. 

Daniels competed in the Rising Stars Challenge at 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend and helped his team win the title. In 26 games in the G League, he averaged 12 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and two steals per game. On 16 April 2022, Daniels declared for the 2022 NBA draft.

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