With the 56th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets selected Daniel Hamilton from the University of Connecticut.
Hamilton's decision to forgo the remainder of his collegiate career was one of the most questionable moves of the summer. His two seasons at UConn were inconsistent to many, although he flashed brilliance as a versatile forward. It wasn't always a lock that he would be selected in the draft, especially after a poor performance in the NBA Draft Combine.
Last season Hamilton averaged 12.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per contest. Besides Hamilton, only highly touted Ben Simmons recorded at least 450 points, 300 rebounds, and 150 assists last season.
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Hamilton is a stellar distributor from the wing and rebounds at proficient level. His game is very similar to Draymond Green's from the Golden State Warriors. He has the ability to hit shots from the perimeter when needed, and penetrate off the bounce well.
Hamilton needs to take the next step on the defensive end. In college Hamilton wasn't a great defender, this area needs to improve if he wants to stick around in the NBA. Also, finishing around the rim is an area that needs improvement, something Hamilton didn't consistently prove he could do effectively.
In conclusion, the Nuggets are getting a very raw prospect in Daniel Hamilton. He definitely has flawed aspects to his game, but potential is there and if Hamilton works hard enough, he can develop into a consistent contributor in the NBA. Hopefully, Hamilton's NBA journey is one he doesn't regret because he has loads of potential. If his talents were wasted it because of his choice to leave early, that would be devastating, Hamilton clearly possess NBA talent. Best of luck to Daniel in Denver!
Daniel Hamilton headed to Oklahoma City to play with the Thunder.