After failing to secure the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title with an NBA-caliber reinforcement, the TNT KaTropa will give it another shot in the upcoming Governor’s Cup by bringing in Terrence Jones’ Houston Rockets teammate Kevin “KJ” McDaniels.
The 26-year old McDaniels was a 2nd round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers, 32nd overall, in the 2014 NBA Draft. He played 52 games in his rookie year and posted averages of 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25.4 minutes per contest.
He was traded to the Rockets the following year and the stint lasted 2 seasons. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was dealt to the Brooklyn Nets in 2017 and scored a season-high 16 points in a win over the Phoenix Suns.
In all, McDaniels averaged 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in his 5-year NBA career.
Jones, however, had no hand in the KaTropa’s decision to enlist McDaniels as it was active consultant Mark Dickel who scouted the incoming import during the NBA G League in Las Vegas.
“Definitely I do. We just have to play a little different, obviously, go back offensively and do some different stuff, and just build on our defensive platform that we’ve got. He (McDaniels) already comes in on the 24th. As soon as we get him acclimated, it goes again,” said Dickel when asked if he expects TNT to have another banner conference in the upcoming Governors’ Cup which kicks off next month.