Grizzlies, Rockets, Raptors among likely NBA destinations for McDaniels

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels makes a move during the second half during the NCAA NIT semi-finals at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels makes a move during the second half during the NCAA NIT semi-finals at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Now that K.J. McDaniels is gone, where's he likely to be going?

The good news for McDaniels is that he appears quite likely to end up with of the NBA's better teams.

In the aftermath of his announcement on Tuesday, a consensus seemed to emerging among draft analysts that would put him among the 20-25 range of draft picks, which would make him available to the Raptors, Thunder, Grizzlies, Jazz, Bobcats and Rockets.

The Toronto Raptors (No. 20) lead the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division with a 48-34 record. They have no glaring needs, and may well be in position to take the best available player, regardless of position.

The Memphis Grizzlies, at No. 22, have a 50-32 record and are likely to take a wing shooter. According to DraftExpress, "It's no secret that the Grizzlies need a wing player who can shoot it from three as well as play strong enough defense to keep the team's identity in place."

The Houston Rockets' top need is almost identical to the Grizzlies: 'a scorer with the defensive chops to be a factor on the other end of the floor,' wrote one team blogger. The Rockets have a 54-28 record and will pick 25th.

DraftExpress says McDaniels would fit the bill for the Rockets: "His size, length and tremendous athleticism allowed him to guard up to four positions at the college...(has) the potential to emerge as a lock-down defender in the NBA."

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