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Do You Know Troy Daniels?

You may think you know, but you have no idea.

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Well, do you?

I will presume that you think you do, but you actually don’t. You may think he played for “5 teams in 3 years” because Devin Booker used that as ammunition in a Grizzlies route of the Suns on February 7th. He was almost right; it’s actually only four teams, though it’s technically five if you count the D-League.

I think it’s important to know the players on your favorite team, and I mean actually know them. We know Troy Daniels wears number 30 and practically never shoots the ball inside the three-point line. But he’s a person! How dare you just see him as a shooter! Just kidding, I did too until recently.

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Troy is from Roanoke, Virginia, which is close to absolutely nothing. There also aren’t very many other notable people from there, at least none that my millennial experiences recognize. He averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds at William Fleming High School, a triple-A school with just over 1,500 students. Daniels played in three straight VHSL AAA State Tournaments, including two championship games in 2007 and 2009.

Troy Daniels traveled three hours from home to Richmond, Virginia to play college basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) under head coach Shaka Smart. Daniels didn’t log significant minutes until his senior year, but did appear in a Final Four game against Butler University (no bias at all).

He holds the single game record for three pointers at VCU and the Atlantic-10 conference with 11. He also holds the record for most threes made in a season for VCU with 124 in his senior season. Daniels currently ranks second all-time in three pointers made at VCU, ending his college career with 251. In his final season, Troy averaged 12.3 points on 24 minutes per game.

Troy Daniels went undrafted in the NBA. He joined the Charlotte Bobcats (RIP) for the 2013 Summer League. After that summer he was signed by two different teams and waived by both in less than a month. In late 2013 he signed with the Houston Rockets D-League (or G-League, I don’t know) affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Guess what? Troy Daniels now holds the D-League record for most threes in a single season. He averaged 21.8 points per game in the D-League, and was called up by Houston in the 2014-15 season.

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Daniels’s story gets a little wild once he made it to the NBA level. He signed for the league minimum in Houston - his contract was for $1.7 million over two years. He appeared in 22 games over two different stints with the team, including making a game winner to lead the Rockets over the Portland Trail Blazers in game 3 of the quarterfinal round in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

He was then traded the next year to the Minnesota Timberwolves, a trade that landed Corey Brewer in Houston and Ronny Turiaf in Philadelphia.

Daniels didn’t play much - he appeared in 19 games and was quickly traded again to the Charlotte Hornets. His trade to Charlotte included himself, Mo Williams, and a 2019 draft pick for Gary Neal. (How in the world did the Minnesota Timberwolves estimate how much a 2019 draft pick would be worth?) He finished the 2015-2016 season with the Hornets, playing in 54 games over a two season stretch.

And finally, Troy Daniels joined the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies acquired Daniels on July 12, 2016 via a sign-and-trade deal. That basically means the Hornets signed Daniels with intentions of trading him instantly to the Grizzlies; it’s a financial move that each team can use to their advantage. He signed a 3-year, $10 million deal. He is making $3,332,940 this year and $3,408,520 next year.

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Daniels’s career high came off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies. He scored 31 points against the LA Lakers on December 3, 2016. This game came in the midst of his career best five game stretch where he recorded five straight games in double figures, four of which were 19+ points.

December of 2016 was by far the best month of his career. He had a total of 10 games in double figures and seven games of 15+ points. As a Grizzly, he is shooting 38.2% from three and averaging 7.2 attempts per game. Oh, and he also has recorded one skirmish so far. Thanks Phoenix.

Troy Daniels averages 6.0 points per game and shoots 40.9% from three and 78.6% from the free throw line this season.

He’s had a short career, but one full of a lot of change. But he seems to have a found a good rhythm in Memphis at times. He has shown potential, and there’s no denying his shooting ability. As the Grizzlies look to shift their identity to a more offensive approach, Troy Daniels can be an important part of that transition. Look for him to get additional minutes as the Grizzlies make their playoff run in the last two months of the season.

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