KJ McDaniels answers challenge, plays 'lockdown' D against Andrew Wiggins

NBA's No. 1 overall pick managed just three shots, four points in 20 minutes against ACC defensive player of the year

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels blocks a shot attempt by Miami's Julian Gamble.

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Clemson's K.J. McDaniels blocks a shot attempt by Miami's Julian Gamble.

'Lockdown' is the name of K.J. McDaniels' game.

A big part of it, anyway.

The Philadelphia 76ers put their rookie wing forward to the test Monday night, matching him straight-up against overall No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a Las Vegas Summer League game.

Wiggins came out of the match-up with just 10 points (only four while matched against McDaniels), and the Sixers came away impressed.

Wiggins managed just three shots in the 20 minutes he was guarded by McDaniels.

Sixers assistant coach Chad Iske, who is handling head coaching duties for the team in Las Vegas, made a point of getting McDaniels on the floor as often as possible while the 6-8 Wiggins was in the game.

“It’s what we want to see, and it’s one of the main reasons he was drafted where he was drafted and why he was considered such a prospect,” Iske told NBA.com. “His athleticism on that wing, and his ability to be a defender and a shot-blocker is something we’re excited about, so we wanted to throw him out there on the No. 1 overall pick, and a very talented kid, and see how he answered that bell.”

“I like being that lockdown defender and denying them before they even get the ball, and I feel like I did a pretty good job of that,” McDaniels said.

McDaniels, who is still nursing an ankle sprain he suffered during the Orando Summer League last week, was held out of the Sixers' game Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns.

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