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K.J. McDaniels | Guard/Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/9/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 200
College: Clemson

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K.J. McDaniels has been diagnosed with a non-displaced right elbow fracture, and he will likely miss the entire post-season.
McDaniels is not a major part of the Rockets' rotations, so there aren't any fantasy implications with him unavailable. Apr 19 - 5:26 PM

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K.J. McDaniels injured his wrist (likely fractured) during the Rocket's regular-season finale, and he will likely miss the entire post-season.

McDaniels was not at all a part of head coach Kevin McHale's rotations, and it's likely the rookie would have spent much of the post-season watching from the sidelines anyway, so this injury isn't going to affect Houston's playoff outlook. It is, however, an unfortunate injury for the rookie, and it'll be interest to see what kind of salary he can command on the open market when the offseason hits.
Apr 16 - 4:50 PM

K.J. McDaniels played four minutes with only two misses from the field as his only stats on Saturday.

Pablo Prigioni also played four minutes with one assist. They weren't expected to play, but coach Kevin McHale threw them both out there in garbage time. K.J. McDaniels is a top-10 player in Vines per-48 minutes, but he won't play much on his new team.
Feb 22 - 1:09 AM

K.J. McDaniels and Pablo Prigioni are not expected to play on Saturday.

Coach Kevin McHale said he just met them on Saturday night, so he probably doesn't want to re-work his rotation. What's more both players are not a lock for playing time either. McDaniels can be cut almost everywhere.
Feb 21 - 6:22 PM

K.J. McDaniels and Pablo Prigioni passed their physicals and could be in uniform for Saturday's game against the Raptors.

McDaniels is a good fit in the Rockets' system but he needs a little bit, or even a lot of luck to matter in standard fantasy leagues down the stretch. Prigioni is waiver wire fodder, regardless.
Feb 21 - 2:46 AM

The Rockets acquired K.J. McDaniels in exchange for Isaiah Canaan and a second-round pick.

Just when K.J. was coming around, he gets dealt. McDaniels will move way down the depth chart with his new team and this is also bad news in reality because he will be a free agent after this season. He can be cut in most leagues.
Feb 19 - 3:07 PM

K.J. McDaniels scored 15 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Celtics during a 107-96 loss on Friday.

His numbers tend to increase when Michael Carter-Williams is out and it also helps that JaKarr Sampson had an awful game today. On the other hand, Hollis Thompson is playing well, so that's going to be a roadblock to McDaniels getting regular minutes. He's still a decent stash in fantasy leagues for his output in blocks.
Feb 7 - 1:02 AM

K.J. McDaniels will start for the short-handed 76ers on Friday.

McDaniels joins a makeshift starting lineup with JaKarr Sampson, Robert Covington, Luc Mbah a Moute and Nerlens Noel. He's spent much of the season coming off the bench, where coach Brett Brown feels K.J. is more comfortable, and his numbers aren't likely to change much despite his temporary starting gig.
Feb 6 - 6:13 PM

K.J. McDaniels made 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line for 16 points during a 99-74 loss to the Pelicans on Monday, adding four rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

He needed an efficient game on offense after some scoring issues before this one. In his previous 10, McDaniels made just 33.0 percent from the field and his jumper has just not been falling. He was better off the dribble tonight and had a couple cheap ones in transition, so it's hard to say he's figured it out. Still, he is worth owning in some standard leagues for his steals, blocks and treys.
Jan 26 - 10:37 PM

K.J. McDaniels finally turned it around on offense against the Raptors during a 91-86 loss on Friday with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

In his previous five games combined, McDaniels made just 12-of-49 (24.5 percent) from the field. McDaniels has struggled all season from the field, but he's flirting with standard league value thanks to his blocks and treys. He's worth a look in standard leagues in hopes he can get it going offensively.
Jan 23 - 10:43 PM

K.J. McDaniels made just 2-of-9 from the field and 1-of-3 from the line against for five points against the Wizards during a 111-76 loss on Monday, adding four rebounds, one steal and one block.

The milk has gone bad for K.J. over his last four, making just 22.2 percent from the field for averages of 6.0 points, 4.0 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.8 blocks and 0.3 triples. McDaniels is still getting minutes and the blocks are nice, so most of his owners should just bench him for now.
Jan 19 - 5:43 PM

K.J. McDaniels made just 2-of-10 from the field for four points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

Yuck. While his highlight is full of blocks, his defensive numbers are phenomenal this season. In his previous four games, he held his man 8.9 percent below his average. Yes, defensive field goal percentage is not a category, but it will lead to playing time. His upside makes him worth holding, even with his recent struggles on offense this weekend.
Jan 17 - 10:12 PM

K.J. McDaniels blocked four shots during a 100-84 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday with 10 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

On the downside, he did make just 2-of-10 from the field. McDaniels' offense was trending up before tonight while his blocks were down, but he was on the other end tonight. His fantasy owners have to love the blocks, which will give him low-end value in standard leagues as a floor. If he clicks on offense, there is a lot to like.
Jan 14 - 10:44 PM

K.J. McDaniels is back in the starting lineup against the Pacers with Henry Sims moving to the bench.

The Robert Covington shooting guard move was a blast, but it'll be K.J. in that spot. His numbers are worse in the starting lineup and coach Brett Brown plays the matchups, so this move into the starting lineup is insignificant.
Jan 10 - 5:58 PM

K.J. McDaniels will come off the bench against the Nets on Friday.

The 76ers are going to start 6'9" Robert Covington at shooting guard in one of the longest starting lineups in the NBA this season. McDaniels numbers were better off the bench, so his fantasy owners shouldn't view this as a downgrade to his value.
Jan 9 - 6:15 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Jason Terry
SG1James Harden
2Corey Brewer
3Pablo Prigioni
4Nick Johnson
SF1Trevor Ariza
2K.J. McDaniels
3Kostas Papanikolaou
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Josh Smith
C1Dwight Howard
2Joey Dorsey
3Clint Capela