1. Insurance off the Bench
As it stands now, the Houston Rockets are usually rolling with a lineup of nine or fewer players on a nightly basis. Isaiah Hartenstein, Bruno Caboclo, Tyson Chandler, Chris Clemons and Michael Frazier can usually be penciled in as DNP’s or G League assignees, while DeMarre Carroll and Thabo Sefolosha are used sparingly.
As deep as the Rockets’ talent pool is, they definitely have multiple roster spots available for another shooter. The lineup for Houston is already set and working well, so an acquisition of Daniels would probably have an impact similar to Clemons at the beginning of the season.
Chris Clemons had some impressive showings early in the season with his tendency to come in firing away and nail outside shots. His deficiency on the defensive end, however, is likely what led to him falling out of the rotation.
Troy Daniels is similar, in that his defense has often been seen as a liability, which could be why he hasn’t been able to stick with one particular team for very long. Still, he has seven inches on Clemons and is a better shooter with more experience.
The addition of a guy like Daniels certainly won’t make or break the Rockets’ season. If anything, it would likely end up like the Carroll signing, in which his number might be called upon after injuries or given a certain matchup.
Still, given the low-risk, high-reward potential of bringing in a veteran shooter like Troy Daniels, he’s worth consideration by the team that gave him his first shot in the NBA.