Oct 6, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Sampson Carter (7) and Houston Rockets guard K.J. McDaniels (32) reach for a loose ball at FedExForum. Memphis defeated Houston 92-89. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
McDaniels played 52 games with the Philadelphia 76ers his rookie year and was regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders at his position. K.J makes great use of his 6’11 wing span by holding opposing offensive players to shooting a 38.34% field goal percentage and denied 1 pass per 100 chances according to Vantagesports.com.
Houston’s defensive identity is the make up of long athletic wings who literally fly around everywhere switching on the perimeter getting a hand in every passing lane possible. K.J fits perfectly in this high risk high reward scheme as his ability to anticipate a play resembles the instincts of an all pro NFL cornerback.
In a conference where you’ll face offensive juggernauts three to four times a season like OKC’S Kevin Durant and Golden State’s Stephen Curry just to name a few, the services of McDaniel’s defensive expertise is very much needed.
Offensively gifted players are troubled when given different looks. With Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, Patrick Beverley and McDaniels, Houston now has the versatility on defense to switch to keep superstars at bay.
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