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K.J. MCDANIELS (SF)
  • Jul 26 2016, 14:57 PM

    Update: McDaniels combined for 16 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in five Las Vegas Summer League contests.

    Analysis: 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.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 28 2016, 09:42 AM

    Update: McDaniels chipped in two points (1-1 FG), two rebounds, and one assist over five minutes in Wednesday's 114-81 Game 5 loss to the Warriors.

    Analysis: After logging 20 minutes in the Rockets' Game 1 blowout loss, McDaniels played only 14 combined minutes in the other four games of the series, ceding most of his court time to Michael Beasley. McDaniels periodically entered the Rockets' rotation for a few stretches of the campaign, but was never able to establish himself as a full-time option under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, finishing the regular season with averages of 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.4 minutes across just 37 appearances.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 07 2016, 10:35 AM

    Update: McDaniels contributed four points (2-2 FG), two assists, one rebound, and one steal over 15 minutes in Thursday's 88-86 loss to the Mavericks.

    Analysis: McDaniels entered the starting lineup at small forward for the first time all season, but the move didn't result in much of a change in his minutes or productivity. In fact, McDaniels actually saw three minutes less than he did in the team's previous game Sunday against the Thunder while he came off the bench. It's unclear if his stay in the starting lineup will become permanent, but regardless of how he's deployed, McDaniels doesn't figure to ascend to fantasy relevance.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 15 2016, 11:17 AM

    Update: McDaniels put up 10 points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist, and one steal across 12 minutes in Monday's 130-81 win over the Grizzlies.

    Analysis: Since his March 5 recall from the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, McDaniels has surprisingly emerged as a rotation piece for the Rockets. He's appeared in the last four games and is averaging 7.3 points (on 50% shooting), 2.5 rebounds, and one assist across 14.3 minutes. Unless McDaniels falters in his subsequent games to come, look for him to see some time on the team's second unit, where he'll take away minutes from Corey Brewer.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 05 2016, 09:13 AM

    Update: McDaniels was recalled from the D-League on Saturday, Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports.

    Analysis: McDaniels has been only a fringe piece for Houston this season, and that seems unlikely to change down the stretch as the Rockets push for one of the final playoff spots in the West.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 04 2016, 08:32 AM

    Update: McDaniels was assigned to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday.

    Analysis: McDaniels has averaged just under four minutes over 20 games with the Rockets this season, so he'll get another stint with the D-League's Grande Valley Vipers in order to get some additional run on the court. Unless injuries occur higher up on the depth chart, McDaniels will remain irrelevant in fantasy circles moving forward.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 09 2016, 16:14 PM

    Update: McDaniels was recalled by the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Analysis: McDaniels has seen a total of just 19 minutes in 2016, which hardly makes him an enticing option in anything but dynasty formats. Looking ahead, only numerous injuries to Houston would likely get McDaniels on the court for significant minutes in the duration of the season ahead.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 06 2016, 13:01 PM

    Update: McDaniels was assigned to the D-League on Saturday, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: McDaniels was recalled by the Rockets earlier in the week to add depth, and despite Terrence Jones' likely absence through the All-Star break, he'll head back down to the D-League for the time being.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 01 2016, 10:31 AM

    Update: McDaniels was recalled from the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday.

    Analysis: McDaniels was called up by the Rockets just a few days earlier, only to be quickly sent back to the D-League to see some added court time. He's now back with the Rockets, but finding minutes in the NBA has been a major problem for McDaniels this season. He's made only 15 appearances and is averaging 3.9 minutes.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 29 2016, 08:23 AM

    Update: McDaniels was recalled from the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday.

    Analysis: In his latest game with the Vipers on Thursday, McDaniels finished with 16 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and six assists over 36 minutes. The second-year pro out of Clemson has seen action in just 15 games with the Rockets this year, so despite being recalled, he'll likely struggle to see the court.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 23 2016, 14:48 PM

    Update: McDaniels was sent down to the Rockets' D-League affiliate on Saturday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: McDaniels was a DNP-Coach's Decision for Friday's game against Milwaukee and has been sent down to the D-League along with rookie Montrezl Harrell. This marks McDaniels' fifth stint with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 21 2016, 06:15 AM

    Update: McDaniels played only one minute, but committed five fouls in Wednesday's 123-114 loss to the Pistons.

    Analysis: McDaniels and rookie Montrezl Harrell (nine minutes, five fouls) were interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff's designated hackers for the night, as the Rockets actively attempted to neutralize Pistons center Andre Drummond by sending him to the free-throw line. The strategy worked to an extent -- Drummond missed an NBA-record 23 free throws out of his 36 attempts -- but the rest of the Pistons went 22-of-23 from the charity stripe to beat the Rockets in comfortable fashion.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 15 2016, 17:22 PM

    Update: McDaniels was recalled by the Rockets on Friday.

    Analysis: The Rockets' D-League affiliate does not have another game until Wednesday, so McDaniels will rejoin the Rockets for what is likely to be a brief stint. He has appeared in 11 games with the Rockets this season, averaging 1.5 points and .8 rebounds over 4.4 minutes of action off the bench.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 07 2016, 09:03 AM

    Update: McDaniels will be assigned to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Thursday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: McDaniels has bounced between the NBA and D-League all season, as playing time hasn't been consistently available with the Rockets. The second-year forward has seen the court only 11 times this season for the Rockets, averaging 1.5 points and 0.8 boards in 4.4 minutes per appearance.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 28 2015, 09:34 AM

    Update: McDaniels was recalled from the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday, Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports.

    Analysis: Both McDaniels and Montrezl Harrell returned to the Rockets after spending the weekend with Rio Grande Valley, for whom they played in two games. McDaniels has appeared sparingly in 10 games for Houston this season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 26 2015, 09:22 AM

    Update: McDaniels was assigned to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: The demotions of McDaniels and Montrezl Harrell to the D-League, along with the continued absence of rookie Sam Dekker (back), will leave the Rockets with just 11 players for Saturday's matchup with the Pelicans. Neither McDaniels nor Harrell had been regular members of the rotation of late anyway, with McDaniels failing to see the floor in the team's last four games.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 09 2015, 09:14 AM

    Update: McDaniels was recalled from the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Wednesday.

    Analysis: The second-year wing has played sparingly in just seven games with the Rockets this season, and was likely only recalled to give the team some added depth for Wednesday's game against the Wizards due to Trevor Ariza's (back) uncertain health. In four D-League contests this season, McDaniels has averaged 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and three rebounds.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 04 2015, 09:30 AM

    Update: McDaniels was reassigned to the D-League on Friday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.

    Analysis: McDaniels is still considered a relatively high-upside prospect, but he's been unable to crack the Rockets' rotation this season, appearing in only seven games and logging a total of 36 minutes. He'll join the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for an opportunity to see big minutes in a competitive environment.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Nov 16 2015, 11:19 AM

    Update: McDaniels was recalled from D-League Rio Grande Valley on Monday.

    Analysis: McDaniels is expected to be active for Monday's game against the Celtics, as Donatas Motiejunas (back) and Patrick Beverley (ankle) are unavailable, while Sam Dekker remains in the D-League. Even after accounting for those three absences, McDaniels still ranks as the Rockets' 11th man, so it's still possible he remains left out of coach Kevin McHale's rotation.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Nov 11 2015, 08:14 AM

    Update: McDaniels was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League on Wednesday, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: McDaniels has seen just three appearances on the court for Houston this season, totaling seven minutes in mostly garbage time. Unless injuries befall Trevor Ariza or Corey Brewer, McDaniels could potentially move between Houston and Rio Grande Valley throughout the 2015-16 season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

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