Being an NBA nut, one thing I’m always fascinated with are the fringe G-League/NBA guys that are eventually able to carve out a career in the NBA. Phoenix Suns forward Troy Daniels looks like he’s on his way to just that and it’s for one reason and one reason only: his ability to shoot the 3. After going undrafted after coming out of VCU in 2013, Daniels put together an impressive season in the D-League before signing with the Houston Rockets in March. After a tumultuous two seasons that saw Daniels shuffle between the Rockets, Hornets and Timberwolves, Daniels found a home in Memphis last season, shooting 39% from 3. After being traded to Phoenix just before training camp, Daniels has continued his hot shooting (he currently ranks 8th among all bench players in 3-pointers made per game). Below is a good article with Daniels talking about his path.
I guess just because when I was in high school, I made a lot of 3s. There wasn’t any point to changing my shot, especially when it works. I think once you get past high school, there’s no point in trying to change anyone’s shot. I always say you can master whatever shot you can shoot. You just have to get the repetitions in. But when I was in college (at Virginia Commonwealth), we had this like 5-by-6 board and (coach Shaka Smart) had the top shooters in the nation on the board. I had a thing when I leaned back a lot when I shot, so every shootaround or whatever we had he had an assistant hold the board against my back so I wouldn’t fade back. He did that, and it helped me out tremendously.
“I think it’s part of being a professional,” Daniels said. “I think it’s something these young guys will learn. To survive in this league, even if you’re a lottery pick, you always have to be working on your game, tuning it up.”
Troy Daniels believes putting in the work isn’t optional (LINK)