Marquis Daniels

Born Jan 7, 1981
Nationality United States United States
Team History
Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 2012 - 2013
Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 2009 - 2012
Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 2006 - 2009

Marquis Antwane Daniels is a former professional basketball player from the United States of America who specialized as a shooting guard but was known to play as a small forward at times. Daniels began playing for the Edgewater High School but was soon shifting schools to go the Mt. Zion Christian Academy, the alma mater of Tracy McGrady.

Following high school, Daniels went to the Auburn University where he had a sober time. There weren’t many highs for Daniels in the collegiate level except during the Sweet Sixteen round against Syracuse University where he scored at 23.3 points per game with 7.0 assists per game.

It didn’t come as a surprise when Daniels went undrafted in the 2003 NBA Draft after averaging 18.4 points in college. He also had 6.2 points per game and 3.3 assists with 2.3 steals per game in his senior year and was named to the All SEC Second Team. Daniels was named the MVP of the team in all three years after his freshman season.

Daniels had been touted to be a second round pick however there was major speculation regarding his selection, which was to be a sure-fire pick for the Dallas Mavericks. Apparently, the coach’s son advised Don Nelson to trade the pick out to Denver as they would pick up Daniels anyway. As soon as Daniels was surpassed, offers began pouring in but he decided to go ahead with the agreement he had with the Mavericks.

Daniels performed well above expectations in the Summer League and was given a one-year, minimum contract.Although a regular third-string player, Daniel did manage to see on-court action but only in games that were already won. When on court, there were enough flashes to ensure that when Steve Nash was out with stomach Flu, it was Daniels who replaced him as the starting point guard for the team.

Despite many efforts, the Mavericks were just not winning and that led coach Nelson to bring in the changes. He brought Daniels in at the Shooting guard position and Daniels remained there until the end of the Mavericks’ campaign in the post-season. Daniels played 10 games in that period with 19.7 points per game and 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He was rewarded with a 6-year, $38 million contract. He was also named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team for the year.

Daniels continued to feature regularly in the Mavericks’ lineup and although he didn’t start many games, he became a valuable player in the Mavericks’ roster.

In 2006, the Dallas Mavericks brought in Austin Croshere from the Indiana Pacers, sending Daniels the other way.

Things improved with the Pacers as Daniels played around 20 minutes in his first year, on an average. He scored at 8.0 ppg with 2.0 apg and 2.5 rpg. He was singled out by team owner Larry Bird as a player who was underperforming in a team that wasn’t winning.

Daniels is known for sporting fantastic tattoos and has a detailed map of Florida on his back, along with a tattoo of a man blowing his head up with a shot gun.

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