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Lakerholicz – Troy Daniels

Troy Daniels

Troy Daniels has played for five different NBA franchises in the last six seasons. While NBA fans might know the name, they might also wonder who does Troy Daniels play for? As of 7 July 2019, Troy Daniels is officially a Laker.

Troy Daniels might be a bit of an unknown player for some Lakers fans, but make no mistake, he has strengths that could help the LA Lakers end their NBA Playoff drought. Troy Daniels main strength, and one that he has earned a reputation for, is his three-point prowess.

Troy Daniels’ position of shooting guard already has some strong competition in the Lakers roster. Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green might limit the amount of playing time for Troy Daniels. Daniels will need to prove that he can offer an extra dimension to the team. His three-pointers might be just that.

If Troy Daniels can force his way into the starting team, it will be an inspiration for players across the NBA G League. Daniels will want to show that with enough hard work and patience, a regular NBA season with a leading franchise is possible.

Born in Roanoke Virginia on 15 July 1991, Troy Daniels still has a few seasons in the engine room. He has stayed relatively free from injury, and he’ll be hoping that the experience of the past few seasons will help him find a good rhythm and consistent playing time.

Early career

Troy Daniels attended William Fleming High School in his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. Here, Troy Daniels’ career got off to a good start. In his senior year, he averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds per game. His performances earned him the Northwest Region Player of the Year award.

From high school, he enrolled with the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Troy Daniels didn’t play much in his first two seasons with VCU, used mainly from the bench. He played more in his junior year he played consistently. He averaged 10 points and 1.2 blocks per game.

Skyline view of Roanoke, Virginia, with some tall building blocks and apartments with a sunset sky in the background.

In his senior year (2012-2013) Troy Daniels continued to develop his game and three-point reputation. That season, he averaged 12.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. In a game against East Tennessee State, he scored 11 three-pointers from 20 attempts. By the end of the season, Daniels had scored 124 three-pointers, which is a VCU record for most three-pointers in a season.

After completing his senior year, Troy Daniels enlisted for the 2013 NBA Draft.

Houston Rockets

Troy Daniels’ NBA draft experience would ultimately be unsuccessful. Having been undrafted, Daniels would then have a bit of back-and-forth before finding a team.

Daniels was offered the opportunity to play for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA Summer League. His performances earned him an initial contract on 30 September 2013, but he was waived on 10 October 2013.

Troy Daniels then signed for the Houston Rockets on 18 October 2013 before being waived on 26 October 2013. He then signed for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in November. The Vipers are a Houston Rockets affiliate that play in the NBA G League.

Toyota stadium, home of the Houston Rockets in Texas at night time.

In the 2013-2014 season with the Vipers, Daniels averaged 21.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He also enhanced his reputation for landing three-pointers when he scored 10 three-pointers against the Idaho Stampede.

His performances were noted and Troy Daniels signed with the Houston Rockets on 21 February 2014. Troy Daniels’ contract allowed him to play for both the Rockets and the Vipers.

Daniels made his NBA debut on 5 March 2014 against the Orlando Magic. He would play nine games in the 2013-2014 season for the Rockets including four playoff games. Notably, he scored a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining against the Portland Trailblazers in the playoffs, putting the Rockets ahead in the match.

Ahead of the 2014-2015 season, Troy Daniels signed a new contract with the Rockets. He would play 17 games of the season with the Rockets, averaging 6.4 minutes, scoring 2.7 points and 0.4 rebounds.

Minnesota Timberwolves

On 19 December 2014, the Minnesota Timberwolves signed Troy Daniels. The Troy Daniels trade didn’t work out too well for either party. Daniels played 19 games, averaging 8.1 minutes, scoring 2.8 points and 1 rebound per game.

Charlotte Hornets

The 2014-2015 season would be one of great travel for Troy Daniels. On 10 February 2015, he signed for the Charlotte Hornets. This would be the fourth franchise he played for in the season. In 11 games with the Hornets, Daniels averaged 12.3 minutes, scoring 7 points and 0.7 rebounds per game.

The following season, Daniels played in 43 matches as a substitute. He averaged 5.6 points and 1.3 rebounds. His knack for three-pointers once again became evident. Against the Sacramento Kings, he scored 28 points that included eight three-pointers.

Spectrum center in Charlotte, North Carolina on a clear blue sky day.

Memphis Grizzlies

On 12 July 2016, Troy Daniels was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies. Daniels would get consistent play time with the Grizzlies, averaging 17.7 minutes per game over 67 games in the regular season. Daniels game improved over the season, and he ended with an average of 8.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.

During the season, Daniels scored 31 points against the LA Lakers as well as scoring 7 three-pointers against the New Orleans Pelicans. He also tied a franchise record for most points in a quarter when he scored 22 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on 29 December 2016.

Phoenix Suns

On 22 September 2017, Troy Daniels was traded to the Phoenix Suns. With the Suns, Daniels got the most starts in his NBA career. The 2017-2018 season was one of Daniels best.

Troy Daniels tied a franchise record for most three-pointers in a quarter when he landed six against the Houston Rockets. He set a franchise record for the Suns when he scored a three-pointer for the 27th consecutive game. He also set a personal high-score of 32 against the Toronto Raptors. Over the season, he averaged 8.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.

The 2018-2019 season brought the same consistent performances, but also a slight dip in form. Daniels averaged 6.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists.

Los Angeles Lakers

On 7 July 2019, Lakers news announced that Troy Daniels and Jared Dudley had signed to the roster. In terms of Troy Daniels, Lakers fans might remember his 31 points against them with the Memphis Grizzlies, or seen Troy Daniels news headlines for his three-point records.

With the Lakers, Troy Daniels will hope to be more than just a rotation player in the Lakers schedule. If he can show some of the form from the 2017-2018 season, he could be pushing for a starting position. The Lakers battled with injuries last season, and will hope that the added depth will push them into the NBA Playoffs. To find out more about Troy Daniels and the Lakers, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.

NBA stats

Troy Daniels’ stats may not seem impressive at first, but it’s important to remember that he’s had limited play time over the years. So far in his career, Daniels averages 7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. He’ll be hoping to land some late three-pointers at the Staples Center this season.

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