McDaniels (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 109-103 loss to the Heat on Tuesday.
McDaniels hasn't been a regular member of the Rockets' rotation since mid-November, so it doesn't come as much surprise that he failed to see the court in a close game Tuesday, even after putting up seven points in six minutes during garbage time of Sunday's blowout win over the Nets. It will likely take a couple injuries to the Rockets' wing corps before McDaniels receives extended minutes on a regular basis.
McDaniels (coach's decision) didn't see the court in Sunday's 130-114 win over the Trail Blazers.
Since Patrick Beverley (knee) returned from injury Nov. 17 against the Trail Blazers, coach Mike D'Antoni has shortened his rotation over the last six games, as Beverley has effectively absorbed the playing time of McDaniels and Tyler Ennis. Aside from logging five minutes in that Nov. 17 game, McDaniels hasn't seen the floor during that six-game span. So long as the roster remains at full strength, McDaniels figures to remain outside of the rotation.
McDaniels scored 13 points (5-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go with two rebounds and one block across 19 minutes in Saturday's 112-97 loss to the Hawks.
After averaging only 6.4 minutes per game across 37 appearances last season, McDaniels has been a mainstay in coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation through the first six games of 2016-17. He's typically seeing between 15 and 20 minutes, and starting small forward Trevor Ariza's slow start to the campaign could allow McDaniels to take on even more responsibilities as the season progresses. McDaniels doesn't warrant ownership in most deeper leagues just yet, but it's worthwhile to track the athletic swingman's minutes in subsequent games.
The fact that McDaniels played 20 minutes is arguably just as notable as his strong statistical production.
McDaniels combined for 16 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in five Las Vegas Summer League contests.
While McDaniels may not have been the most efficient Houston player this summer, he did serve as the Rockets' leading scorer throughout summer league play. Last season, however, the two-year vet tallied just 2.4 points per contest. McDaniels has certainly demonstrated his ability to produce at the NBA level, but with Houston's depth at the guard slot it is difficult to project exactly how he fairs. With James Harden and Eric Gordon figuring to dominate the ball offensively, McDaniels may be of little help come October.
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