As of Tuesday, all NBA training camps had opened, which means a couple of former VCU stars are back to work.
For Troy Daniels, training camp won’t be so much about making the Charlotte Hornets’ roster as it is convincing Coach Steve Clifford to expand his role. Daniels, who was traded twice last season, arrived in Charlotte in February and saw action in just 11 games with the team. In his first six weeks with the Hornets, Daniels played in just four games. It wasn’t until the final weeks of the season that Clifford finally called Daniels’ number. Daniels averaged about 26 minutes in the Hornets last four games of the season and knocked down 12-of-26 three-point field goals during that stretch. Daniels topped 15 points three times during that stretch, including a 24-point effort to end the year.
During an interview this summer, Clifford said Daniels would see more action, but how much remains unclear. It’s worth noting the Hornets finished last in the NBA in 3-point shooting (.318) last season. I’m sure Clifford has noticed.
Daniels has been limited early in camp by a strained hamstring, but it’s not expected to linger.
Meanwhile, here’s Troy’s face:
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) September 25, 2015
Troy Daniels’ D-League-honed shooting form. https://t.co/1do3kyOHmp
— Adi Joseph (@AdiJoseph) September 25, 2015
While Daniels’ roster spot it safe, Treveon Graham will be at Utah’s camp trying to convince the Jazz to make room for him. He seems to be enjoying himself so far.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) September 29, 2015
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) September 28, 2015
Also, in case you missed it (and until yesterday, I did also), Briante Weber is not with the Miami Heat. He failed his physical, which, according to his agent, was somewhat expected. My understanding is that he’s staying in Miami while he continues to work out, and the Heat still have interest in adding Weber to their D-League team. We’ll wait and see how it all shakes out.