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DeAndre Daniels Battled Back From Injury The With The Raptors 905

The Toronto Raptors unsigned second round draft pick DeAndre Daniels (pictured above with Raptors 905 announcer Meghan McPeak) has been out of sight and mostly out of mind since heading over to Perth Australia in the fall of 2014 and when a Jones fracture of his right foot caused him to miss NBA Summer League last July, this NCAA Tournament Champion fell completely off the radar. However, he’s battled back to play in the last few NBA D-League games of the Mississauga Raptors 905 season and he plans to play with the Raptors this summer.

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The Raptors drafted Daniels 37th overall after the forward had played some of the best basketball of his college career in leading UConn to a National Championship. However, the team really didn’t have an open roster spot for a developing young forward with their very raw first round pick Bruno Caboclo on board.

So it was off to Australia where he missed the preseason with an elbow injury, but playing in Perth was good for Daniels. The 6’8 forward needed to transition his game to the small forward spot and his new team was very accommodating.

“It was for me to develop my game and just grow up and mature,” Daniels told Pro Bball Report. “I got to play the three the whole time. They wanted me to go out there and play the three and learn the position and it went pretty well.

“Focus on everything overall, guarding the three, guarding smaller guys, mainly stuff with defense. Reading defenses, coming off screens.”

The foot injury occurred after Daniels returned to North America and was a huge setback costing him nearly the entire season this year.

“I’ve been off for like seven months now,” Daniels said. “I’ve played like four or five games and they’ve helped me a lot. Just to get up and down and get in the rhythm of playing in a game. It felt good to be back out there.

“I’m not quite 100 percent yet. I just have to get my whole leg back stronger. It’s kind of weak. Just work on my leg and get ready for Summer League.”

Even though he was a second round pick, expectations were pretty high for Daniels coming out of college. The NBA is looking for stretch-forwards and Daniels was shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range in his final college season.

“Everyone is going to look and see if I can shoot the ball, but mainly I am just focused on defense, locking my guy down and rebounding the basketball,” Daniels said. “Worry about the rest later, it will come. That’s what I do, I’m a shooter.

“Good times are definitely going to come for sure.”

It’s been a painful couple of years since Daniels was drafted. An elbow in Perth and the foot last summer, but the 24-year-old has used the time he’s had to work on the things he has needed to improve on. It will be very interesting to get a read on his progress during the NBA Summer League in July.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 


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NBA Prospect DeAndre Daniels Struggling With Raptors 905

The Toronto Raptors unsigned second round draft pick DeAndre Daniels has been struggling to find his game with the Raptors 905 in Mississauga. Daniels missed the 2015 NBA Summer League due to a Jones fracture in his right foot and he only recently returned to limited action with the Raptors NBA D-League affiliate.

It’s been five games since he first starting playing basketball again and the results suggest we shouldn’t be expecting too much before Summer League rolls around again in July. In his first four games, the 23-year-old forward only managed to average 11.3 minutes, 3 points and 3.3 rebounds. Then playing in his fifth game at the Hersey Center on Saturday, nothing really changed as he went 1-6 from the field for 3 points and 5 boards in 16 minutes.

This season has been a big setback for Daniels who played 30 games with the Perth Wildcats in Australia last year and averaged 14.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in 30.7 minutes, but at least he got back on the court before it was over.

Daniels is a 6’8 forward drafted by the Raptors 37th overall in 2014 who played three seasons with the Connecticut Huskies.

 

 


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Raptors DeAndre Daniels To Miss Summer League

Toronto Raptors Media Relations reports that 2014 second round draft pick DeAndre Daniels had surgery today performed by Dr. Rick Ferkel in Los Angeles. Daniels sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot, also known as a  Jones fracture. The injury occurred this week as he was preparing for Summer League.

After helping the UConn Huskies win a NCAA National Championship, Daniels was selected 37th overall at the 2014 NBA Draft by Toronto and played for the Perth Wildcats in Australia last season where he averaged 14.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists over 30 games.

The 6′ 8.5″ forward was hoping to show the Raptors that he was ready for the NBA this season with a strong showing at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League.

If everything goes well following surgery, Daniels could be out of action for up to two months, but it could take longer. One only has to remember Kevin Durant’s nightmare that required three surgeries to repair his Jones fracture last season.

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Raptors DeAndre Daniels Undergoes Elbow Surgery

The Perth Wildcats announced today that their star import DeAndre Daniels underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow.  The post-surgery rehabilitation process is expected to take 4-6 weeks.

Drafted 37th overall by the Toronto Raptors in June, it was the team’s intention from day-one to help Daniels find a another team to play for this season where he could develop his game.    Perth sees Daniels as someone that can help the Wildcats win back-to-back titles in 2014-15.

Daniels was a National Champion with UConn as a Junior last season averaging 13.1 points, 6 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.4 blocks while hitting on 41.7 percent of his three-point attempts. However, he was primarily a power forward in college and he’ll need to be able to play both forward positions in the NBA. At 6’ 8.5” in shoes and 196 lbs he is undersized at the four, but his 7’2 wingspan should help him defensively to guard either forward spot. He had some huge games in UConn’s run to the Championship including a 20 point 10 rebound effort against Florida in a Final Four matchup.

“At the end of the day, everyone wants a winner on their team who knows what it takes to win,” Daniels told Pro Bball Report.  “I played the four in college and I am just a guy that can do everything, but (I need to) show them that I have more aspects to my game – can handle the ball and shoot the ball – rebounding and playing defense.”

Daniels is expected to make a full recovery in plenty of time to help the Wildcats pursue a championship this season.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

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Raptors Daniels to join the Perth Wildcats in Australia

The Toronto Raptors 2014 second round draft pick DeAndre Daniels will be joining the Perth Wildcats in Australia for the upcoming season as reported by Chris Robinson in the Herald Sun.

“I’m going to Australia for four months, a long vacation, and I’m going back and will be with the Raptors,” Daniels was quoted as saying. “I’m just going to go out there and get better.”

Daniels contract with Perth will not be formalized before next week.

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Raptors DeAndre Daniels Expected To Head Overseas

As was predicted earlier by Toronto Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri, forward DeAndre Daniels, taken 37th overall at the NBA Draft in June, is expected to head overseas to hone his craft.

“We tried to get a couple of others (at the draft), but they were gone before we picked,” explained Ujiri after the draft. “(Daniels) is going to be in L.A. working out, play with us in Summer League and we’ll see, make a decision there. There is a good chance he’ll be playing overseas or maybe in the NBA D-League.”

With the official announcements from the Toronto Raptors that guard Will Cherry and center Lucas Nogueira have been inked to contracts for the upcoming season, Toronto’s roster now stands at 15 players and there isn’t a spot remaining for the UConn National Champion.

As the NBA D-League’s contracts are notoriously small, it is expected Ujiri will help Daniels secure a contract with an overseas team at a more reasonable amount. That is unless Daniels would prefer to remain in the US.

Toronto has until September 6th to offer Daniels a contract in order to retain his rights and the purpose of finding him an alternate professional basketball job is so he can decline the offer as explained by Dan Feldman of NBC Sports ProBasketballTalk.

The Raptors have until Sept. 6 to offer Daniels a required tender – a contract, guaranteed or unguaranteed, worth at least the league minimum – or he becomes a free agent.

Often, in these situations, a team volunteers to use its connections to secure the player an overseas contract. In exchange, the player agrees to decline the required tender, allowing the team to keep his rights.

I’d guess the Raptors and Daniels agree to such an arrangement.

As this appears to have been Ujiri’s plan since draft day, a soft landing spot for Daniels to play professional basketball while the Raptors retain his rights should be expected to be announced prior to overseas club teams opening up training camps.

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

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Raptors Plan On Sending DeAndre Daniels To The D-League

The Toronto Raptors looked at a lot of big wings and college power forwards they hoped could be converted to small forwards during this year’s pre-draft workouts. This was one of the priorities President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri had identified as a position of need after the season ended. Unfortunately, by the time Toronto picked at 37 in the second round, many of the prospects that had stood out at the Air Canada Centre had already been taken and Ujiri believes DeAndre Daniels likely needs a little more time to develop before he’ll be able to grab a spot on the Raptors roster.

Masai Ujiri audio:

 

“We are looking at big wings,” Ujiri said. “We tried to – obviously we tried to get a couple of others but they were gone before we picked. With this kid we see a little bit of upside where he can develop and a National Champion knows how to win and we’ll see how it goes. We are excited about him too. He is going to be in L.A. working out, play with us in Summer League and we’ll see, make a decision there. There is a good chance he’ll be playing overseas or maybe in the NBA D-League.”

Daniels was a National Champion with UConn as a Junior last season averaging 13.1 points, 6 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.4 blocks while hitting on 41.7 percent of his three-point attempts. However, he was primarily a power forward in college and he’ll need to be able to play both forward positions in the NBA. At 6’ 8.5” in shoes and 196 lbs he is undersized at the four, but his 7’2 wingspan should help him defensively to guard either forward spot. He had some huge games in UConn’s run to the Championship including a 20 point 10 rebound effort against Florida in a Final Four matchup.

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“At the end of the day, everyone wants a winner on their team who knows what it takes to win,” Daniels said. “I played the four in college and I am just a guy that can do everything, but (I need to) show them that I have more aspects to my game – can handle the ball and shoot the ball – rebounding and playing defense.”

If Daniels can show enough to Head Coach Dwane Casey this summer, then there’s a chance he’ll be in Toronto when the preseason starts, but it sounds like the Raptors have him slotted for development elsewhere next season as he learns to play the three position in the pros.

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.