Not worth 130 million? Only 27 days after the contract was renewed, he conquered the United States, averaging 9+2 per game, and he can still become the core
Twenty-seven days ago, the outside world was full of doubts about him, and 27 days later, every fan hopes that their home team can have him, and he is the "big lock" of Minneapolis Jaden McDaniels.
Although McDaniels has long shown the potential of top-level 3-and-D, his performance is not well known by many fans due to being on a team like the Timberwolves, and they do not believe that the atmosphere of the Wolves can produce elite defensive players.
In the offseason, McDaniels, who is in the third year of his rookie contract, has been discussing a contract extension with the Timberwolves, hoping to get a contract with an average salary of more than $30 million.
"In this era, can anyone take 30 million?"
"The NBA is too profitable, isn't it?"
"After checking the data, he averaged 12.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, isn't this just an ordinary player, and it's worth 30 million?"
After months of negotiations, in the end, McDaniels accepted a five-year $136 million contract extension, although it was a little lower than the five-year price of $150 million in his heart, but in the eyes of those fans, it was still a word "expensive".
But soon, this doubt was broken by McDaniels, who told everyone with practical actions that the content of my game is far more than 136 million.
This season, with the rise of the Timberwolves, this "10,000-year-old fish belly" has received unprecedented attention from the outside world, and people have begun to discuss whether Edwards has reached the level of an All-Star starter, and even the controversial twin towers of Towns and Gobert are considered to be the only combination in the league that can limit Jokic and the Nuggets, and of course, the seriously underrated McDaniels.
McDaniels has a height of 2.08 meters, an arm span of 2.13 meters, and a standard No. 4 position, but his movement speed and agility can reach the level of the No. 2-3 position.
On top of that, McDaniels is not only able to play multiple positions, but also works well, with a balanced offense and defense, and no obvious shortcomings.
On the offensive end, he mainly shoots the ball and cuts without the ball, and has reliable interior finishing ability, as well as outside projection ability, taking this season as an example, he can shoot 58.2% from the field and 37.9% from three-point range.
Defensively, this is where McDaniels shines the most, with his gundam size, excellent matchups, and agile footwork, he can cover any player, the main thing is that, in addition to these natural advantages, McDaniels is also very good at defense, even if he loses position, he can quickly set his feet, he is not the kind of reckless man who likes to take risks and cut the ball and block, but he does his best to block in front of the opponent, implement a pressing defense, let the opponent barely shoot, or make mistakes in the busy.
Take a look at his defense of Trae Young, who shot just 2-of-7;
Klay Thompson, missed all 3 shots;
Brandon Ingram, who scored 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting;
Jayson Tatum, 3-of-8 shooting, scored just 8 points;
So far, opponents have shot from 47 percent to 40.3 percent from the field and from 38.6 percent from beyond the three-point line to 29 percent with McDaniels.
You know, the reason why the Timberwolves can play the first record in the West this season has a lot to do with their extremely pressing defense, and the player who plays an important role in defense is McDaniels, unlike Gobert, McDaniels has to face every night, but it is the core of the opponent.
Looking at the defensive value, looking at the team's record, do you still think McDaniels' 136 million is expensive? To be honest, even if it is 150 million, he is also worth it.