While some argue that Chandler Parsons is the Grizzlies’ biggest x-factor, Daniels can change the outcome of an entire game with his shooting. Every playoff contender has a role player who can get hot.
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Troy Daniels is that guy for the Grizzlies.
At the beginning of the season, Daniels started off cold. He missed his first 11 3-point attempts. That doesn’t include his preseason struggles. Because of his rough start, many Grizzlies fans wished for him to be released to make room for training camp darlings Troy Williams (who made the roster) and DJ Stephens (who was cut).
Glad that didn’t happen, right? Once he found his shot, Daniels impacted the team significantly.
Many championship teams have a microwave scorer. Cleveland has J.R. Smith. San Antonio still has Manu Ginobili, arguably the greatest sixth man of all-time. Though they haven’t won a title, the Clippers have Jamal Crawford, one of the best scorers off the bench.
For the Grizzlies to reach any sort of championship aspirations, Troy Daniels has to be that guy.
In today’s era of basketball, role players are capable of changing the outcome of a game solely based on their 3-point shooting. Daniels has proven that he fits the bill.
He has led the Grizzlies to victory over winnable games against the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans. In addition, his shooting was a major key in road victories over the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
While most players of Daniels’ skill-set are incredibly streaky, Daniels consistency is an important key for a deep playoff run.
Marc Gasol and Mike Conley will get their points. A healthy Chandler Parsons is capable of 16-20 points a game. Zach Randolph can still score, but with age comes fatigue, especially down the stretch.
Memphis’ core guys need someone to help unload the scoring pressure. Troy Daniels has the tools to do just that.
He proved that he could help win playoff games with the Rockets. Hopefully, that translates to the Beale Street Blue.