Mar 25, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets guard K.J. McDaniels (left) celebrates with center Dwight Howard (right) following a dunk by guard James Harden (not pictured) during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Rockets defeated the Pelicans 95-93. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Q10: Take a guess at their numbers (McDaniels/Capela)
Andre: Clint Capela must build on his strong playoff showing so I’m wondering if he could double his numbers altogether. Capela’s numbers: 8pts/9rebs/1.8bks.
McDaniels numbers are much easy to predict thanks to his stint with the Sixers. Unless he explodes and takes the league by assault (which I sincerely hope he does) K.J. numbers will circle around 7pts/4rebs/1bk
Anthony: McDaniels will be one of the league leaders in blocks if given the amount of playing time he deserves, that guy’s instincts off weak side help is amazing. Capela anywhere from 5-7 free throw attempts per game. Teams will take advantage of Houston’s poor free throw shooting.
Coty: My Guess at K.J. McDaniels numbers are 8.0 points, 2.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game this season. As for Clint Capela, maybe 2.0 points, 2.0 Rebounds and 0.5 blocks. I’m not expecting much from Capela this season.
Eric: I believe that for the most part, McDaniels will see the floor mainly during garbage minutes. I think he will go weeks without seeing game time, making it very hard (and pointless) to predict his stats. However, I think Capela will earn around 15-18 minutes per game, and he can very well put up 5 ppg, 6 rpg, and over a block per game. Again, any stat projections depend on the amount of minutes the player receives per game.
James: Similar to the answer for Dekker and Harrell, these two will likely average less than 10 pts/rebs/asts a game, and if anything, the minutes will be greater for both of them this season compared to last but not by much. I think they’ll get more minutes simply to give more rest to the veterans. I’m definitely excited to see both of them emerge this season and make a strong impact coming off the bench.
McDaniels: 8.2 ppg 3.1 rpg 1.7 apg
Capela 4.2 ppg 4.8 rpg 0.3 apg
Capela- 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 Blocks
McDaniels- 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
McDaniels: 7 mins, 5.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG
Capela: 15-20 mins, 7.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 1.8 BPG
Tamberlyn: Capela: 12-17 MPG, 4P/5.3R/0.9Blk, McDaniels: 5-7 MPG, 6P/3R/0.7A/0.7Blk (increased minutes for him would see his productivity increase)
Next up the Space City Scoop team dive in to part 3 of the Regular Season where we look at the front court, health and roster maintenance. Click the links below to view Player Profiles on James Harden, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Marcus Thornton and Sam Dekker as well as the previous segments of our round table on the off season and training camp/preseason and part 1 of the regular season.