Your summer reading series just keeps chugging along. Our first two parts introduced you to competitors from Akron and Ball State, and we move on today to the home squad of Hustle Belt's infamous creator.
Seems appropriate that with all the discussion of how "OK" the MAC is doing these days, we wind up talking today about a player whose overall career was similarly solid if unspectacular.
Daniels gradually worked his way up from solid fifth starter to team leader during his time as a Falcon - he averaged 20.5 points and 6.4 assists over 57 games in his junior and senior seasons combined. Given that kind of production, it shouldn't be surprising that he came into the league with some amount of fanfare - he was, after all, the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft (the third first-round pick in Vancouver Grizzlies franchise history).
He played on a number of successful teams - in 12 seasons in the league, he went to the postseason 10 times, even winning a ring with the 1999 San Antonio Spurs. Y'know, back when they were just starting to hone their "we're smart, wily veterans, we'll flip the switch when we need to" style of play.
Eventually, Daniels found himself heading back down the slope towards "useful bench player" and after playing only four games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, he spent this season playing with the Texas Legends, the NBDL affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. With his 12.6 points and 8.7 assists per game, he is one of the leaders of a rather maudlin gang, ranging from young hopefuls like Chris Roberts of Bradley to...well, I don't think I need to explain Dan Gadzuric's career arc to you.
Maybe he's done playing, maybe he isn't, but either way he was a guy everyone liked playing with who held his own when it mattered. You know, kind of like Bowling Green and the MAC in general.