Will KJ McDaniels ever crack the rotation here in Houston?

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  1. glimmertwins

    glimmertwins Member

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    I'm not complaining because the team has played lights out so far this season, but I was really hoping McDaniels could be groomed into a poor man's Ariza but after getting a little run the first few weeks of the season, he has been mostly glued to the bench and I don't see him getting much better watching from the bench. Obviously D'Antoni prefers to have guys out there who can shoot(+Corey Brewer for some odd reason) so the question is knowing that is a deficiency in KJ's game, will he ever get any run barring an Ariza injury? Is he destined to be trade bait at this point?

    Seems like Dekker and Brewer get most of the minutes KJ could expect to get and while I agree with the valuable playing time Dekker is getting, I'm not sure what Brewer brings that KJ doesn't? ...just seems like such a waste to have a young athletic combo guy on a cheap contract sitting on the bench not being given the chance to improve while Corey Brewer is out there missing open 3s, is an unreliable finisher, and in general gambles on defense to create turnovers. KJ could do that plus be a much better finisher on the break. I know Brewer is suppose to be a "chemistry/locker room guy" and of course he is the ultimate out of nowhere hot streak guy, but if something ever where to happen to Ariza, we would be sunk if Brewer were the replacement and at least KJ has the opportunity to be a better version of Brewer.

    Thoughts? Am I overthinking this? It's a minor grip compared to an otherwise great job by the coaching staff this year but if I'm looking for small areas to improve, cleaning up that part of the rotation seems like a quick win.
     
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  2. ROXTXIA

    ROXTXIA Contributing Member

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    I think KJ might have earned some minutes here and there, if just to spell the main guys, but he's (a) a trade bait throw-in and (b) not a shooter. So he bides his time clapping on the sidelines, waiting for the trade deadline.
     
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  3. DreamShook

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    Depends on if KJ can aquire the right pictures of the right people... OR steal Brewer's sizable picture stash.
     
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  4. RocketsFan92

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    why couldnt it have been brewer for korver ):
     
  5. justtxyank

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    If he didn't get playing time last night with Gordon out, I think it's safe to say D'Antoni doesn't like what he sees from the kid and he has no chance. Last night was the night to play him if you see anything there and D'Antoni didn't even look his way. KJ will be gone soon for sure.
     
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  6. DaDakota

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    Nope.

    DD
     
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  7. glimmertwins

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    Setting up the inevitable KJ for Dunleavy trade....
     
  8. glimmertwins

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    Ya, this pretty much sums it up.
     
  9. ipaman

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    Nope he has regressed while others have grown. And Brewer for all his faults is a vet who at least is consistent.
     
  10. justtxyank

    justtxyank Contributing Member

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    To me the biggest issue I've seen personally from KJ in his admittedly limited minutes, is that he is looking to get his every time he's on the court. He is so determined to prove he's good that he goes into business for himself. He did this in Philly as well.
     
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    I feel like his best chance has come and gone. D'Antoni was pretty high on him during pre-season and camp. Now, he's doomed to the dog house.
     
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    I'm pretty sure KJ burned DAntoni's trust by coming into games in garbage minutes and trying to score at the expense of others. I'm not blaming KJ really. In his situation he has to try to find a way to get another team to want to give him a shot because it won't happen here. I know fans want players to be "loyal" to the team, but he probably feels like he HAS to show something in limited minutes to get a chance somewhere else.
     
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    I have no doubt now that Brewer has been working with the Russians to acquire these compromising images:mad:
     
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    No but he does seem like he cracks the pipe a bit too often
     
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    For KJ to be successful, he needs to be on the floor with Harden. He can thrive as a cutter.

    Without Harden he is about as brainless as players can be. Good kid, just incredibly slow.
     
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    Harsh but true.
     
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    My guess is KJ might begin to see a few minutes between now and the trade deadline. Not that he has in any way earned more playing time, but Morey won't want other teams to see how utterly worthless he actually is.
     
  18. Newlin

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    He already did crack the rotation. The first seven or eight games of this season he was in the rotation. He got minutes and did fairly well in several games. Beverley was out during that time so Ennis, KJ, and Brewer all saw playing time. Seems MDA decided that Brewer was the better fit with the bench unit. I can't complain, the bench unit has been very good.
     
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    As much as KJ looks to just get his, I dont see how its much different than the Corey Brewer tunnel vision 1-man fast break that ends in futility. Theyre both very black-hole like that way.

    The underlooked flaw in Brewer's game is he poor at REBOUNDING. All that extra length at his position doesnt even give him an advantage, outside the occassional deflection. Another advantage to KJ.

    Its almost like its just piling on Brewer, or he's an easy target to do some "seasoned eyeball" analysis on. But its not. Its he just doesnt present any real skill advantages over other players, or -other players have insertable skills at the same postion that are better than what he brings. To me KJ is a slot below Dekker in overall skill variety and above Brewer. Brewer should be the "Bobby Brown" in wing depth chart

    I'm over KJ though. He's not gonna get playing time. He might not even last in NBA after his deal. He's a trade piece only now
     
  20. mario_v

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    He's not a good shooter but he's very athletic and can cut to the basket.

    If Brewer can get playing time, then so should McDaniels.
     
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