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Chris Daniels ● 7 feet, 0 inches ● 265 pounds ● Center
Chris Daniels came into the 2011-12 NBA D-League Showcase as our top center to watch. A week later, if you were still watching him, you were doing it in Korea.

After an uneven showing in Reno, where the 7-footer spent one game lording over the lane and another one getting intimate with the 3-point line, the former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi star headed wayyyy East to play his second straight year in South Korea. Once there, he scored 16 points and brought down 13 boards a night to pace Anyang KGC to a league title.

It was his second straight championship, after the big man whos played four seasons in Korea since graduating in 2008 led KCC Egis to a crown in 2010-11. And if he has his way, itll be his last.

He has the size and the skill-set to do it. But to earn serious consideration, hell need to show better conditioning, basketball intelligence and consistency than he showed at times during his 2011-12 season a year that featured more peaks (32 points, 9 boards against LA on Dec. 29; 17 and 17 against RGV on Nov. 26) and valleys (14 points, 2 rebounds against Springfield on Jan. 5) than a season of The Walking Dead.

His Ceiling

NBA backup center good for 15-20 minutes per night, along with a couple rebounds and a block or two.

What He Needs from Summer League

In terms of size, its hard to find better than what Daniels offers. At his best, he can take over a game on the inside by using that nearly unrivaled height. Its now up to him, however, to show that he actually knows how to use that body. He also needs to get tougher in the paint and prove that he can get up and down the court for an extended period without getting winded. Hes been prone to taking possessions sometimes games off in the past, so hell need to display to NBA scouts that if they take a chance on him, they wont be getting two different players.

Quote

"Plain and simple, I'm trying to stay here. I'm not trying to go back overseas anytime soon. I'm just going to work to make it on a (NBA) team and make it stick." -- Chris Daniels, to Corpus-Christis KRISTV

More on Daniels

NBA Experience

None

NBA D-League Experience

1 year (2011-12 with Erie)

International Experience

Korea

College

Texas A&M Corpus Christi

NBA Equivalent

Brendan Haywood

Skills

Rebounding, blocking shots, jump-shooting

Areas of Improvement

Quickness, toughness on the inside, motor, intensity