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K.J. McDaniels | Guard/Forward | #32

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/9/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 205
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (2) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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K.J. McDaniels filled it up vs. the Warriors with 25 points (8-of-12 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), nine rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes of action.
McDaniels abused would-be defenders like Patrick McCaw all night long, and the only real blotch on his performance was a terrible turnover that may have cost Houston the (meaningless) game. He doesn't have a clear path to minutes while James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer and Eric Gordon are healthy, but he's at least improved his stock with a very strong showing in Vegas. Jul 14 - 12:23 AM

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K.J. McDaniels shot 3-of-11 from the field on Sunday, but chipped in elsewhere with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

With Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer available on the wings for Houston, it'll be hard for McDaniels to demand a reliable spot in the rotation this year. In case injuries open up more playing time, deep-league owners should still be aware of his sneaky per-36 minutes averages -- 13.1 points, 1.1 threes, 5.5 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.7 blocks.
Jul 10 - 8:32 PM

K.J. McDaniels scored four points with four rebounds and two blocks against the Warriors on Saturday.

He played in the second half because the Rockets were coming out flat. McDaniels gave the Rockets a nice boost and his blocking ability would help in transition -- he had a really nice block on Klay Thompson (video in link below). It wouldn't be a total shock to see him start because the other options were not good, but he's still too risky to count on for DFS on most nights.
Apr 16 - 6:41 PM

K.J. McDaniels scored four points in a start against the Mavs on Wednesday with one rebound, two assists and one steal in 15 minutes.

He played some solid defense early on and made both shots from the field. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff just didn't trust him enough in a big game. McDaniels has very little fantasy value.
Apr 7 - 12:08 AM

K.J. McDaniels will start with Donatas Motiejunas moving to the bench against the Mavs on Wednesday.

This will slide Trevor Ariza over to the four to guard Dirk Nowitzki. McDaniels is a fun player to watch, but he likely won't play much. This move may help Michael Beasley, too.
Apr 6 - 9:05 PM

K.J. McDaniels got into the rotation on Sunday and scored 10 points in 18 minutes to go with four boards, one 3-pointer and one assist during a 118-110 win over the Thunder.

McDaniels earned some increase run do to his stellar defense against Russell Westbrook, but he's been in and out of the rotation far too often in Houston for owners in most leagues to consider him as a pickup.
Apr 3 - 7:26 PM

K.J. McDaniels entered the rotation on Wednesday and promptly scored a season-high 12 points on 3-of-4 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs, adding three rebounds and one turnover in 17 minutes.

The Rockets improved to .500 with the win but they're just two games up on the No. 9 seed Jazz, and J.B. Bickerstaff is searching for a path to sustained success. Whether the McDaniels experiment will continue is unclear, but it's unlikely that he'll earn enough minutes to be worth owning outside of the absolute deepest formats.
Mar 9 - 10:54 PM

K.J. McDaniels has been recalled from his D-League stint.

McDaniels is rarely a part of the rotation, and he belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues.
Feb 9 - 7:16 PM

Rockets assign G/F K.J. McDaniels to the D-League.

Like the Rockets, McDaniels' season has failed to launch as anticipated.
Feb 8 - 2:12 PM

Rockets recall G/F K.J. McDaniels from the D-League.

Although he's an exciting athlete, McDaniels isn't going to be in Houston's rotation unless there is an injury on the wing.
Feb 1 - 1:14 PM

The Rockets have assigned K.J. McDaniels to the D-League.

He isn't in the rotation in Houston and that may not change for the remainder of the season.
Jan 30 - 12:32 PM

K.J. McDaniels fouled Andre Drummond five times in the first nine seconds of the second half on Wednesday.

"Anything for my teammates. I know they'd do anything for me," McDaniels said after the game. Last year, McDaniels was making highlight jams and swats for the 76ers. Not this year, though.
Jan 21 - 12:18 AM

The Rockets recalled K.J. McDaniels on Friday.

He was a lot of fun with the 76ers last year, but he's not in the rotation right now with the Rockets. McDaniels has very little value in Dynasty leagues.
Jan 15 - 6:38 PM

Rockets recall G/F K.J. McDaniels from the D-League.

McDaniels could get a shot if (when?) Corey Brewer is traded, but he's not going to do much until then.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 12:28:00 PM

The Rockets will assign K.J. McDaniels and Montrezl Harrell to the D-League on Saturday.

Neither player will be in the rotation while the Rockets are at full strength, so it makes a lot of sense to get them as many minutes as possible in the D-League.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 11:37:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Pablo Prigioni
3Tyler Ennis
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
3P.J. Hairston
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Ryan Anderson
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Montrezl Harrell
4Josh Smith
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Chinanu Onuaku