Jalen McDaniels

Jalen McDaniels

26-Year-Old ForwardF
Toronto Raptors
2023 Fantasy Outlook
McDaniels spread his time across both the Hornets and the 76ers last season, ending as the 167th-ranked player in standard leagues. He averaged 9.4 points per game, adding 4.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 three-pointers. Unlike his brother, Jaden, he has been unable to carve out a consistent role up to this point in his career. He has proven himself to be a competent wing defender, enough to at least keep him relevant. After signing a two-year deal with the Raptors during the offseason, McDaniels is likely to land in a similar role to that which he has become accustomed. However, many of the players he will be competing with for minutes are on a downward trajectory. Chris Boucher, Otto Porter and Thaddeus Young are all significantly older than McDaniels, perhaps giving a leg up when it comes to opportunity. With that said, he is not worth drafting in standard formats but presents more like someone who should be monitored just in case things start to click. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $9.26 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2023.
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.

Inflicts damage in garbage time
FToronto Raptors
January 13, 2024
McDaniels ended Friday's 145-113 loss to the Jazz with 15 points (4-5 FG, 7-10 FT), three rebounds and one steal across seven minutes.
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McDaniels entered the game midway through the fourth quarter and drained 15 points in just seven minutes on the floor. Although the game's outcome was sealed, McDaniels' slashing aggression resulted in 10 free-throw attempts, a shocking total when you consider his overall court time. With new playmakers like RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley in the headlines, it's easy to discount McDaniels, but explosive totals like this could help his chances to make a bigger impact down the line.
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How does Jalen McDaniels compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
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  • Total Rebound %
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True Shooting %
41.7%
 
Effective Field Goal %
38.6%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
50.5%
 
Free Throw Rate
19.0%
 
Offensive Rebound %
3.3%
 
Defensive Rebound %
12.6%
 
Total Rebound %
7.9%
 
Assist %
7.5%
 
Steal %
1.6%
 
Block %
0.9%
 
Turnover %
12.0%
 
Usage %
19.1%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
5.9
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.7
 
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Modest production in Philly
FPhiladelphia 76ers
March 8, 2023
McDaniels is averaging 6.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 11 games for the 76ers since being acquired from Charlotte. He's shooting 49.0 percent from the field but connecting on just 30.0 percent of his three-point attempts over that span.
ANALYSIS
McDaniels boomed for 20 points in Philadelphia's win over Indiana on Monday, but it was just the second game of his 76ers' tenure where McDaniels logged over 20 minutes. Even with James Harden missing Tuesday's contest due to foot soreness, McDaniels played just 17 minutes -- likely signifying his typical usage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2021
McDaniels has established a consistent role in the Hornets' rotation over his first three campaigns. However, 2021-22 marked his fewest minutes per game (16.3) since he entered the league, dropping nearly three from the previous campaign (19.2). He's sat around the 300 mark in his three campaigns in per-game fantasy production, but he did produce slightly more efficiently last year, ranking 228th in per-36 fantasy output. The absence of Miles Bridges from the roster could position McDaniels for a slight bump in playing time, but he likely remains off the fantasy roster in most formats. Nevertheless, McDaniels could warrant some interest if injuries slot him into a more prominent role.
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.
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Scores season-high 13 points
FToronto Raptors
December 29, 2023
McDaniels registered 13 points (5-10 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists and one steal in 15 minutes during Friday's 120-118 loss to Boston.
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Sees 13 minutes Tuesday
FToronto Raptors
November 29, 2023
McDaniels closed Tuesday's 115-103 loss to Brooklyn with five points (2-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals over 13 minutes.
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Minimal production in OT win
FToronto Raptors
November 6, 2023
McDaniels produced zero points (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one rebound over five minutes during Sunday's 123-116 overtime victory over the Spurs.
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Plays 17 minutes in win
FToronto Raptors
October 16, 2023
McDaniels logged nine minutes (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one steal in 17 minutes during Sunday's 134-93 preseason win over Cairns.
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Signs with Raptors
FToronto Raptors
July 1, 2023
McDaniels signed a two-year, $9.3 million deal with the Raptors on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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