No. 38: DeAndre Daniels, SF, UConn
You and I are tied with Daniels on the Raptors’ all-time scoring list, as he didn’t score a single NBA point for Toronto. Daniels looks like a solid two-way forward after a very successful career with the Huskies, but he decided to play in Australia during what would’ve been his rookie season before joining Raptors 905 in 2016.
Unfortunately, Daniels injured his foot, and after just a handful of G League and Summer League games, he signed in Italy to begin a pro career elsewhere. Second-round picks could be very hit or miss, but Daniels was a complete whiff when you factor in who was available.
With the 38th pick, the Toronto Raptors select…Spencer Dinwiddie
Dinwiddie, who was a potential free agency target before he decided to join Washington, has established himself as a quality starting guard in this league, as his blend of size, scoring, and distribution ability made it hard to believe he was passed on as many times as he was.
Dinwiddie would’ve been the perfect backup to Lowry and DeRozan. Even if there was some friction, the fact that he would’ve given Toronto something of value would’ve made him a better pick than Daniels. At least DeAndre has had a solid career for himself in overseas leagues.