Jalen McDaniels

Jalen McDaniels

24-Year-Old ForwardF
Charlotte Hornets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 52nd overall pick in 2019, McDaniels found a stable role at the end of last season after Gordon Hayward went down with an injury. In McDaniels' final 24 appearances (17 starts), he averaged 10.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.6 minutes. This season, he'll likely have fewer opportunities. The Hornets will begin the season healthy, and Kelly Oubre was added in the offseason. McDaniels isn't a guaranteed every-game player, so he probably shouldn't be drafted in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Hornets in October of 2019. Contract includes $1.93 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Jalen Marquis McDaniels was born in 1998 in Federal Way, Washington to Will and Angela McDaniels. He has a younger brother, Jaden, who earned McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic All-Star honors in 2019. McDaniels attended Federal Way High School and was part of a team that took the Class 4A state title in his junior year. As a senior, he led the team in points, rebounds, and blocks en route to a 29-0 record and a repeat as Class 4A champs. As a result, McDaniels was named to the USA Today and The News Tribune's All-State team as well being the All-City MVP. You can follow him on Instagram (@jalenmcdaniels). When coach Brian Dutcher took over for his mentor, Steve Fisher, he knew he would start his Aztecs tenure with McDaniels on his team. The 6-foot-10 forward redshirted the 2016-17 season and was ready for Dutcher's debut. For the first 11 games of his freshman season, the forward came off the bench but showed signed of being able to handle more responsibility. He had 13 boards in an early-season win over Sacramento State. He joined the starters for Mountain West play and compiled eight double-doubles in the regular season. The Aztecs won their last six games and then swept through the Mountain West tournament, including a win over Nevada. McDaniels had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in the win over the Wolf Pack. He had 18 points and nine rebounds in the NCAA Tournament loss against Houston. As a sophomore, McDaniels started every game and led the team with 15.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest. He had six straight double-doubles in conference play and helped beat the Wolf Pack in the tournament again with another double-double. The San Diego State season ended in a loss to Utah State. McDaniels applied for the 2019 NBA Draft after the season and was selected with 52nd overall draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets.

Scores 11 points off bench
FCharlotte Hornets
April 6, 2022
McDaniels produced 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), one rebound and two steals over 17 minutes during Tuesday's 144-115 loss to the Heat.
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With Gordon Hayward (foot) sidelined, McDaniels scored in double figures for the first time since Jan. 19. If Hayward remains out for additional contests, the third-year forward may garner an increased role during the final week of the regular season.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jalen McDaniels
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71 days ago
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79 days ago
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DraftKings NBA: Sunday Cheat Sheet
80 days ago
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DraftKings NBA: Friday Cheat Sheet
82 days ago
Rudy Gobert has had plenty of time to recover and Dan Bruno expects him to do well at home versus the Mavs.
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Cleared to play
FCharlotte Hornets
March 11, 2022
McDaniels (ankle) is available for Friday's game against the Pelicans.
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Likely to play Friday
FCharlotte Hornets
Ankle
March 10, 2022
McDaniels (ankle) is probable for Friday's game against the Pelicans.
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Ruled out Wednesday
FCharlotte Hornets
Ankle
March 9, 2022
McDaniels (ankle) is out Wednesday against the Celtics.
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Questionable Wednesday
FCharlotte Hornets
Ankle
March 9, 2022
McDaniels (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
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Barely plays in return
FCharlotte Hornets
March 9, 2022
McDaniels (ankle) played eight minutes and finished with two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), one rebound and one steal Tuesday in the Hornets' 132-121 loss to the Nets.
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