Every strong defender has a selfless component because of the effort it takes, and Atkinson said McDaniels fits the culture the Nets are building with his humble demeanor. “That’s something I always had,” McDaniels said. “I was told I couldn’t play in the league, that I wasn’t supposed to be here. I just stayed humble most of my life and kept working and kept trying to prove everyone wrong who said I couldn’t. The fact that I’m in my third year in the NBA is a big accomplishment for me personally. I just have to keep going, keep staying humble and keep getting better.”