Daniels with the Bucks
|Shooting guard / Small forward|
January 7, 1981 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
Mount Zion Christian Academy
(Durham, North Carolina)
|NBA draft||2003 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2003–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
Marquis Antwane Daniels (born January 7, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Daniels was an undrafted guard in the 2003 NBA Draft and has become a regular rotation player averaging at least 17.8 minutes per game in each one of his first six seasons. He played his first three years for the Dallas Mavericks and was subsequently traded to the Indiana Pacers, where he finished the final three guaranteed years of his contract. Daniels then signed with the Boston Celtics in 2009 after a period in free agency. In 2012, he joined the Milwaukee Bucks.
High school career
With Auburn University, Daniels reached the Sweet 16 in the 2003 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. He averaged 23.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in three games, including an impressive 27-point, nine-rebound performance in a close one-point loss against the eventual national champion Syracuse.
Daniels graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Sociology in just three-and-a-half years. At Auburn, he averaged 18.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a senior and was named to the All SEC Second Team as a senior and team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Projected as a second-round pick, Daniels waited for his name to be called. The Mavericks' head coach Don Nelson initially planned on using their 2nd round pick to select Daniels (whom they accidentally discovered while watching game tapes of Josh Howard) but his son Donnie Nelson convinced him to trade the pick to Denver instead and assured his father that they would get him one way or the other. As the calls started pouring in on Daniels' agent's cellphone (among the callers were Magic head coach Doc Rivers), it was later revealed that they had a gentleman's agreement with the Mavericks that his client would sign with them in the event that he did not get drafted.
After a remarkable stint at the team's summer league games, Daniels was signed to a one-year, minimum contract.
Daniels was mostly a third-stringer during his rookie season, used only when victory was all but sure. In the short minutes he was on the floor however, he showed flashes of brilliance. When Steve Nash was out with a stomach flu, Nelson plugged in Daniels as the starting point guard and the rookie delivered with a near triple-double finishing with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists followed by a 16 point, 7 rebound and 8 assist game in a loss against the T-Wolves the next night.
Although his reign as a starter was cut short, Nelson grew tired of the team's lackluster play following their third-straight loss and decided to bring back the classic small ball line-up in a 118–88 triumph over the Orlando Magic. This line-up had the 6'9" Antoine Walker at center and Daniels at the two-guard position and was the permanent starting five until their post-season demise. Daniels averaged 19.7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during that 10-game stretch. Daniels signed a 6-year, $38-million contract with the Mavs in the 2004 off-season.
On February 6, 2011, while the Celtics were playing against the Orlando Magic, Daniels collided with Magic guard Gilbert Arenas and suffered a bruised spinal cord. Daniels lay motionless on the floor for several minutes before being taken away on a stretcher. He gave the Boston crowd a thumbs up sign, and after arriving at a Boston Hospital regained movement of his arms and legs.
On February 24, 2011, Daniels was traded to the Sacramento Kings along with cash for a protected 2017 second-round draft pick. This trade helped the Celtics reduce their luxury tax and also helped the Kings increase their salary cap to go over the league's minimum. The trade also gave the Celtics a trade exception and a roster spot. He never played any games for the Kings, and became a free agent on July 1, 2011.
Daniels is noted for having several tattoos inscribed on different parts of his body. The tattoos range from a detailed map of Florida that covers his entire back, a caricature of a man blowing his head off with a shotgun on his lower right arm, and Chinese characters on his other arm which were intended to represent his initials, but translate to English as "healthy woman roof". Also, he has an entire bible verse on his chest, which he used to read to his paralyzed grandmother.
Marquis Daniels is not only an NBA player, but also has a career in the hip-hop industry. Daniels' stage name is "Q6". One of his top singles is "Come Here Nikki". Daniels has collaborated with many artists including Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- "Sources: Mavs deal Daniels for Croshere". ESPN. 2006-07-07. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- Pacers won't pick up option on Marquis Daniels
- Celtics sign former Pacers G Marquis Daniels. NBA.com. Retrieved on September 2, 2009.
- Marquis Daniels has bruised spine. Forsberg, Chris. ESPN.com. Retrieved on February 2, 2012.
- Kings Acquire Marquis Daniels. NBA.com. Retrieved on February 2, 2012.
- Kings checkmated by money, luck. Simmons, Bill. ESPN.com. Retrieved on February 2, 2012.
- Revisiting the Marquis Daniels trade. Forsberg, Chris. ESPN.com. Retrieved on February 2, 2012.
- Celtics Sign Marquis Daniels. NBA.com. Retrieved on February 2, 2012.
- Milwaukee Bucks sign Marquis Daniels
- "Cool Tat, Too Bad It's Gibberish". New York Times. April 2, 2006. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- NBA Player Marquis Daniels Powers His Way to Rap Respectability