Don’t leave Troy Daniels open. VCU fans have known that for years, Atlantic 10 fans as well and now NBA opposing teams are learning the lesson as the VCU grad scored a career-high 28 points in Charlotte’s double-overtime win over the Sacramento Kings last night, connecting on eight of his 11 three-point attempts.
Daniels set both single-game and single-season three-point records as a senior at VCU, hitting as many as 11 threes in one contest for the black and gold.
He parlayed that deep ball into a spot on the NBA D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster where he then set a single-season D-League three-point record without even finishing his season, being called up to Vipers affiliate, the Houston Rockets, just in time to win an NBA playoff game on a clutch game-winning three.
Daniels is averaging just 5.5 points this season with the Charlotte Hornets but has seen a bump in minutes since the calendar turned to 2016, playing double-digit minutes in eight of Charlotte’s last 10 contests including two 30-plus nights over Charlotte’s last three games, averaging 22.5 points in those contests.
Daniels is averaging 19.3 points when he plays 20 or more minutes this season.