Not Kyrie Irving, not Klay Thompson, not Kawhi Leonard—Troy Daniels. However, while Daniels might not be the star any of the aforementioned players are, he still fills a need for the Lakers.
Over the course of his six-year career, the 28-year-old shooting guard has shot 40 percent from behind the arc on 4.4 attempts per game. Last season, the Lakers ranked second-to-last in 3-point percentage (33.4 percent) despite ranking 17th in attempts per game (31).
Daniels could be even more efficient from behind the arc next season playing alongside one of the most gifted passers in the NBA in LeBron James, and it sounds like Daniels is aware of that. During a recent interview with Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Daniels said he’s looking forward to getting the opportunity to share the court with the four-time league MVP:
LeBron James has great court vision and he’s very creative as a passer, which is why a lot of shooters have thrived alongside him. How much are you looking forward to playing with LeBron?
TD: I’m really looking forward to it. For a shooter like myself, you could call it a dream come true. He’s a tremendous passer – an elite passer – and he knows the game so well. He understands that sometimes, a shooter just needs to touch the ball. We don’t even need to shoot it; sometimes, you just want to touch the ball and give it right back and let the game come to you. He totally understands this game and I’m really looking forward to playing with him. Any shooter would look forward to playing with LeBron James! Any shooter.
Daniels will be battling for minutes at the shooting guard position with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley and Danny Green, but if he can knock down 3-pointers with the same consistency he’s shot them throughout his career, head coach Frank Vogel will have to find playing time for him, with or without James.