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Good Description Of Marquis Daniels

In General NBA on September 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm

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Excellent article/interview by Jessica Camerato on Marquis Daniels

Stephen Graham had already heard about Marquis Daniels before they faced off on the basketball court. People talked in the Florida basketball circuit, and Daniels was known as one of the best players on the Orlando-area Edgewater High School team.

Stephen Graham had already heard about Marquis Daniels before they faced off on the basketball court. People talked in the Florida basketball circuit, and Daniels was known as one of the best players on the Orlando-area Edgewater High School team.

“He knows he doesn’t have to jump as high as you can on every single possession. He picks and chooses his time when he really needs to be athletic and play a mid-range game, so he’s smart with that,” Graham said – and matured into a locker room leader.

“I think that’s a really good spot for him to be at, backing up Paul Pierce or Ray Allen or any of those other guys. He’s going to bring that defensive tenacity out there with him,” said Graham.“His offensive game is really good but I think he’s a better defender than offensive player. I don’t think they give him much recognition for his defense as much, but I think he’s a really good defender. He’s going to be a really good back up. I don’t think when they take Paul Pierce or any of those guards out they are going to miss a beat with him in there.”

According to Graham, the 6-6 200 pound Daniels is tougher than he looks. Whether it is his deceptive defensive abilities or his unexpected slashing abilities, Daniels can burn his opponents if they are not anticipating his versatile game.

“Marquis has got a funny odd-type game because he’s always been, even since high school when we played against him, he doesn’t do anything really fast, he doesn’t do anything really slow. His game looks kind of nonchalant but it’s really effective, more like a slashing, mid-range game,” Graham said. “He’s got really long arms and he’s really good at anticipating, so he’s got quick hands and he’s good at anticipating where the defense is going to move. He’s not an overall strong guy but he’s got like a wiry strength to him, so he’s kind of deceptive. You won’t think that he’s as strong as he looks.”

“He actually did play some point at one point in time when we had a couple of guys out on injuries. In my first year with him (2007-2008) he played a lot of point when Jamaal Tinsley was out. He can definitely handle the ball and he can guard a point guard,” Graham suggested. “He’s pretty vocal. He’s not a solidified point guard, he’s a multi-position player, but he’s just as loud as any other point guard that you’d play with and he can see the floor just as well as any other point guard that you would play against. He’s one of those tweener guys who can play the point, shooting guard, and small forward. He definitely has a high IQ and is probably one of the better passers I’ve seen playing and as a slasher as well.”

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