Melvin Joe Daniels (born July 20, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional basketball player. Daniels attended Detroit Pershing High School, which also produced players like Spencer Haywood, Ralph Simpson, Kevin Willis, and Steve Smith. The 6'9' center then played for the University of New Mexico Lobo men's basketball team from 196467. He was the ninth pick of the 1967 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft, selected by the Cincinnati Royals, and was also drafted by the Minnesota Muskies of the American Basketball Association (ABA). He chose to play in the fledgling ABA, and became one of its all-time greatest players.