Houston Rockets Recall K.J. McDaniels from D-League

By Joshua Van Horn

With Trevor Ariza suffering a back injury Tuesday night in Brooklyn, the Houston Rockets have recalled second year forward K.J. McDaniels from the D-League.

Having only played 36 minutes with the Rockets this season, and only four games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, there’s not a large enough sample size for an honest measure of McDaniels’ current level of play.

In his four games with the Vipers, McDaniels has averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

After Trevor Ariza's injury, Rockets recall K.J. McDaniels https://t.co/gl1yJtFh5h

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 9, 2015

Before he was traded to Houston last season, many considered McDaniels to be one of the top rookies. Since becoming a Rocket, Houston fans have been eager to see what he can do with significant playing time.


As athletic as McDaniels is, he is a great asset to have on the defensive end of the ball. Where McDaniels has to improve is his 3 point shooting. In the D-League, McDaniels has shot a lousy 25% from deep.

With the Rockets being a team that shoots a lot of threes, McDaniels will need to improve his 3 point shooting percentage in order to see consistent playing time with the Rockets.

Hopefully McDaniels can begin to get those numbers up tonight as the Houston Rockets take on the Washington Wizards.

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