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Daniels joined the Warriors this season as the Indonesians looked to successfully defend their ABL crown.
He has become the king of double-doubles with 20 in 22 regular season games and in the Playoffs the former University of Georgia man's energy levels have not decreased at all.
In Game 1 of a best-of-five Semi-final series against the Westports Malaysia Dragons, Daniels out-hustled everyone on the court on his way to grabbing 10 rebounds and an incredible eight steals. The Warriors won the series opener and also took Game 2 on the back of another hardworking performance from Daniels, who scored 11 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and stole the ball three times.
The ABL are expected to announce the recipient of the Defensive Player of the Year award for 2013 on Tuesday, but in Purves' mind the title belongs to the man who won a similar accolade when he was playing for Zwolle in Holland back in 2008.
"Chris [Daniels] is the best defensive player in the ABL," he told FOX Sports.
"He has brought toughness, unselfishness, and consistency all year. A pleasure to coach."
The Warriors have, of course, benefited from a bit of luck in their series against the Dragons. Ariel Vanguardia has had to do without import Marcus Hubbard for both defeats in Games 1 and 2 due an illness.
The Dragons have missed Hubbard's inside presence. Indonesia has grabbed 38 more rebounds than the Malaysians for the series so far.
"I think we've made a really conscious effort to pound the boards," Purves said.
"That means everybody not just the big guys rebounding. And so [on Sunday in Game 2] we got that. Guys like John Smith had six, Stan Pringle had six, Jerick Canada and Mario Wuysang each had four rebounds.
"When those guys rebound from the perimeter well it really helps and makes a difference."
No ABL team has ever repeated as champions in the four-year history of the league but the current holders can book their place in the 2013 Finals with a win on Wednesday in Malaysia in Game 3.