Yahoo Sports NBA draft analyst Krysten Peek talks to potential lottery pick Dyson Daniels about his preparation for the NBA draft, his season in G League Ignite and helping He became the first drill since 2018 to complete the speed-line of the Wizards’ intimidating 20-year draft. Daniels also talked about his plans to launch a Twitch streaming channel after the NBA draft.
Kristen Peake: I’m Krysten Peek, NBA draft analyst for Yahoo Sports, and 6-foot-6 shooting guard Dyson Daniels from Australia. Dyson, thank you so much for joining us. I know the draft is around the corner and you’ve been busy with team training. How has the whole process been for you?
Dyson Daniels: Yes, it’s been fine. It’s tough. It’s an ordeal. But you know, I definitely enjoyed it.
So you know, I do a lot of work. But yeah, it’s fun.
Kristen Peake: Your last practice was with the Wizards. I heard about the infamous 20-line two-minute exercise. Apparently you’re the first prospect to complete it since Aaron Holiday 2018. How hard was that training? Are you faster than people think?
Dyson Daniels: I agree. You know, I definitely have good, quick pace changes, my speed and good stamina. I think I’ve done a few things with my coach over the past few months, you know, again, my quick first steps, let’s get started.
And I do a lot of work on my conditioning and endurance. So you know, I put my best effort into those 20 lines of practice. I touched this line when the buzzer sounded. So good. You know, it’s a good feeling to have it done.
Kristen Peake: When you beat – what was the gym’s reaction when you hit that line?
Dyson Daniels: Yes, the coaches are going crazy. For me, growing up, I wasn’t a very good athlete in terms of endurance. But once I got to that line, you know, for the first time since Aaron Holiday, the coaches saw that and they went crazy around me, and it was good, it felt good.
Kristen Peake: What other teams have you worked with recently?
Dyson Daniels: So I went from Portland, San Antonio to New Orleans, New York, Detroit, Indiana and Washington.
Kristen Peake: I mean, all these teams are in that lottery. Is this the feedback you get from the team that they think you’re going to fail?
Dyson Daniels: Yeah, you know, for me, wherever I fall, I’m happy. My childhood dream was to be in the NBA. But you know, I definitely think the team I’ve been working on is — they pick from 5 to 12, so hopefully somewhere in that range. Yes, it’s in their hands now. So we’ll see what happens.
Kristen Peake: You are from Australia and have been playing basketball since childhood. Who have you looked up to? Which NBA players did you watch growing up?
Dyson Daniels: Yes, for me, I adore Matthew Dellavedova of Australia’s basketball team. I like Joe Ingles, the kind of people you know, I’m very close to them. For me, my favorite player in the NBA is Russell Westbrook, just the mentality he brings and the way he plays.
But I like to watch my favorite players and try to imitate my game, like Luka Doncic, like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. On the defensive end, like Mikal Bridges. So they’re people I’ll watch movies, you know, try to improve my game.
Kristen Peake: At what point in your young career did you know you wanted to come to the United States and pursue an NBA career?
Dyson Daniels: I mean, when I was a kid, like, because I could think — like, four or five, when I was a kid, I dreamed of playing in the NBA. So I knew I had to be in the US to play it. Last year, you know, I had to decide what my steps were, whether to go to college or go to a career. I chose to use Ignite and it was a great decision for me.
Kristen Peake: What was it about G League Ignite that made you choose them over the college option, or even stay in Australia and play in the NBL?
Dyson Daniels: I just feel like they have the best development – on and off the field – to offer. For me, my next step is, you know, what’s the best fit for me to get into the NBA? I think G League Ignite has the best development on and off the court. We’re learning about nutrition, our bodies, our mental health — like, things like that.
On the court, you know, we have a lot of veterans on the team like Pooh Jeter, CJ Miles, Kevin Murphy, Amir Johnson. Like, those guys are really helpful and great coaching staff, which has been in the game for a while. Yes, everything the G League has to offer is too good to refuse.
Kristen Peake: Draft night will come before you know it. How do you anticipate your feelings when you finally hear Adam Silver call your name?
Dyson Daniels: I really do not know. It’s going to be — it’s going to be very overwhelming. It’s going to be a relief because you know, especially in the last few years, it takes a lot of work to get to this point. But yes, I am grateful to be in this position. I can’t wait for that night. Hearing my name, I’m sure it’s going to be special, of course.
Kristen Peake: After the draft, you will start a Twitch channel. What are your favorite games to play?
Dyson Daniels: Yes, I mean, I love playing “NBA 2K.” I love playing Call of Duty, and a little bit like Fortnite. So you know, I like to play games.
You know, my Twitch channel, I’m going to start, start streaming and stuff like that. So it’s just something I like to do. But I’m looking forward to it.
Kristen Peake: If you could play an NBA player in Fortnite or Call of Duty, who would you be?
Dyson Daniels: I would say I would play Ben Simmons in Call of Duty. Heard he’s not bad but I think I’m the best. So I want to make sure I claim my title.
Kristen Peake: Then we will have to set it up. Well Dyson, thank you so much for your time. We can’t wait to see how you play out on draft night and watch you next season. For ongoing coverage of all NBA draft prospects and news, keep it on Yahoo Sports.