Player Profile: K.J McDaniels: A Part Of The Dying Breed

By Anthony Nguyen
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Jan 28, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard K.J. McDaniels (14) misses a dunk after he was fouled during the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers beat the Pistons 89-69. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Garbage Plays

Offensively K.J fits almost perfectly in a lineup with Houston superstar James Harden. Houston being one of the top offensive rebounding teams last season generated a good portion of it’s points from put backs off of Harden missed layups.

I don’t need to tell you how hard it is to keep Harden away from the rim, the guy penetrates any defense at will. What makes Harden’s drives to the rim unique is that according to an article by Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry, Houston rebounds 55 percent of his misses at the rim. Offensive rebounding at this rate when the most dangerous offensive player in the league is getting to the rim is dangerous for opposing teams especially when he’s converting only 54 percent of them. The result of this is either a fresh shot clock, an open three or an easy put back at the rim.

Where does K.J fit in all of this? Most of his offensive production comes from around the rim where all the garbage work is. Because of his suspect jumper, McDaniel’s is wise enough to crash the offensive glass when his defender pays no respect by helping off of him, with newly acquired guard Ty Lawson and Harden getting to the rim at will, expect a lot of put back dunks for the young stud.

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