The NBA Draft is next week,and it can be a special moment for players. If their name is called, it’s the culmination of all the hard work and dedication they’ve put into their craft. There are a limited number of roster spots in the NBA, and to be among those select few drafted is a truly a testament to a player’s talent and skill.
Such was the case for Daniel Hamilton last year. After declaring for the draft after his sophomore year at the University of Connecticut, he was selected with the 56th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets and then traded immediately to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“It’s one of the best feelings in the world, you work your whole life to hear the commissioner say your name,” Daniel Hamilton told Basketball Insiders. “When I heard it, that was just a blessing. I was pretty excited to share that moment with my family.”
And his family are no strangers to the whole draft process. The youngest of four brothers, Daniel’s brother Jordan, was drafted in 2011 by the Denver Nuggets. Jordan has bounced around the NBA playing for the Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, and New Orleans Pelicans before heading to Turkey this past season.
His brother Issac just finished up his senior year at UCLA and is participating in workouts with teams in hopes of being drafted next week. Having gone through that process already, Daniel was able to give some words of advice to his brother.
“The best advice I gave him was to stay in shape,” Daniel told Basketball Insiders. “You have a whole lot of workouts, so if you stay in shape you can be able to manage all the different workouts you got.”
Going through draft workouts can be a grueling process, but for Isaac, he’s enjoyed it quite a bit. In between workouts, he’s used the Drew League in Los Angeles on the weekends to keep himself in prime condition.
“It’s fun, the Drew League just kind of gave me a little outlet to get cardio and keep in…