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Memphis Grizzlies 2016-2017 Player Grades: Troy Daniels

The lethal shooter that’s a liability on defense.

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Troy Daniels

Troy Daniels 2016-2017
Troy Daniels 2016-2017
Points Per Game 8.2
Rebounds Per Game 1.5
Assists Per Game 0.7
Field Goal Percentage 37.4
3-Point Shooting Percentage 38.90%
Offensive Rating 104
Defensive Rating 112
Net Rating -8
Player Efficiency Rating 10.4
Usage Rate 21.70%
Assist Percentage 6.6
Win Shares Per 48 Minutes 0.051
Minutes Per Game 17.7

Troy Daniels is a shooter.

The shooting guard position has been in question since the Grit-N-Grind era began. There hasn’t been a consistent player to stay in the lineup to control this position and actually shoot the ball well. Tony Allen has been the shooting guard for quite some time, but I think “shooting” guard is a misnomer when he plays that spot. So you can imagine the hype around Troy Daniels’ signing, a shooter with absolute knock down ability.

Daniels was expected to create space on the floor for the Memphis bigs and take a little bit of the scoring load off of Mike Conley. There’s no question the dude can shoot - he shot over 47% from three-point land in his previous two seasons. At almost a 39% clip this season, he still shot the ball well, but his touches were few and far between. That was his biggest problem.

Troy Daniels can shoot, but he couldn’t stop a player on defense if he had the scorebook and the pencil. He was liability on that end of the court, which kept him off the floor in a lot of games. A lethal shooter has a spot on this roster, but when you can’t play defense, your minutes will be limited. Troy Daniels didn’t take too many attempts inside the three-point line either - he is about as one-dimensional as you can get.

But he did some things well, and those shouldn’t go unnoticed. I liked Troy Daniels this season, below is a little more about him.

Best Game:

December 5th was a game to remember for Troy Daniels. The game ended in a double overtime road victory versus the New Orleans Pelicans. Daniels played 44 minutes (only Marc Gasol played more than him with 46 minutes) and he was the leading scorer. Conley was out with a back injury, Vince Carter and James Ennis III were also out.

Daniels went 7-11 from three-point range, 10-20 on the night for 29 points. Adding 3 assists and just one turnover, he kept the Grizzlies in the game, leading with a strong fourth quarter. The month of December was arguably Daniels best month of his NBA career. He averaged 13.5 points on 23 minutes a game. He scored his career high of 31 in the previous game before this explosion in New Orleans. Daniels was balling out in this stretch and earned his spot on the Grizzlies roster.

Ways to Improve:

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As mentioned above, Troy Daniels struggles on defense. He is a step slow with average hand and foot speed. The Grizzlies have to overload whichever side of the floor Daniels is on to help him defend, opening up lanes for other players. It was seen over and over throughout the season when Daniels came in the game. All of the sudden, the other team was on a scoring run. His shooting is electric, but he is targeted on defense: teams go right at him.

He is an undersized shooting guard at 6’4, 205 pounds. For us non-NBA players that seems not-so-small, but he is small considerably speaking. Bulking up and building some foot speed on defense can go a long way.

Daniels also is predictable on offense. He is a shooter primarily, and the league knows it. He has to develop more off-the-dribble moves and become an inside threat to keep defenders honest. He was face guarded so tightly because defenders did not have to fear his dribble penetration. His shooting can really be displayed if he can shake defenders a few times via the dribble. Cutting to the basket and offensive rebounding can also help with that.

2016-2017 Overall Grade:

Troy Daniels played decently in the limited minutes he was given. His court time slowly dwindled due to the presence of Andrew Harrison and Wayne Selden Jr. Those two could defend a little better and surprised us with a bucket every now and then. Daniels was fun to watch and has plenty of years left in this league. His shooting will always be respected by teams and he has the offensive ability to help this team.

But his defense is a serious problem. We knew when he checked in the game that it was going to be an issue. Some teams were able to exploit it more than others, but with low scoring numbers already for the Grizzlies, they can’t afford to give up easy ones because of one player.

If Daniels can fix his defense and continue to shoot at an elite level, he is just what the Grizzlies have needed for so long.

Grade: C+

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