5 wing targets for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2020 NBA Draft
Dallas Mavericks 2020 NBA Draft target: Jaden McDaniels, PF/SF, Washington
Weight: 184 lbs.
Age: 19.6 years old
2019-2020 per game stats: 13.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 blocks, 31.1 minutes
McDaniels’ 2019-2020 highlights
Jaden McDaniels is certainly a boom-or-bust player. He reminds me a bit of former Oklahoma City first round pick Perry Jones III.
At times, McDaniels looks like he has real star potential. He can be locked in and disruptive on defense. McDaniels has the ability to rise above defenders and nail pull-up jumpers. He also features an impressive handle for a man his size. McDaniels has the natural talent to play like a 6’10 shooting guard.
The problem is those things are more flashes than reality at this point. McDaniels is often disengaged on both ends. He forces bad shots and passes resulting in low percentages (40.5 percent from the field this season) and high turnover rates (3.2 per game). He often gets into foul trouble chasing blocks and steals too.
There’s a lot of talent to be unlocked in Jalen McDaniels. Unfortunately, it may not be worth the gamble especially in the middle of the first round where the Dallas Mavericks are selecting.