Name K. McDaniels
Role Basketball player
|Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
Height 1.98 m
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Salary 3.19 million USD (2015)
|Position Shooting guard / Small forward|
Born February 9, 1993 (age 22) Birmingham, Alabama (1993-02-09)
High school Central Park Christian School (Birmingham, Alabama)
Current team Houston Rockets (#32 / Shooting guard, Small forward)
Education Clemson University (2011–2014)
Parents Shawn McDaniels, Kevin McDaniels, Sr.
Similar People Isaiah Canaan, Sam Dekker, Clint N'Dumba‑Capela, Josh Smith, Michael Carter‑Williams
Kevin "K. J." McDaniels Jr. (born February 9, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Clemson University before he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
- High school career
- College career
- Philadelphia 76ers 20142015
- Houston Rockets 20152017
- Brooklyn Nets 2017
- Toronto Raptors 2017present
- Personal life
High school career
McDaniels attended Central Park Christian School in Birmingham, Alabama. Considered a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, McDaniels was listed as the No. 35 small forward in the nation in 2011.
McDaniels played limited minutes as a freshman for Clemson in 2011–12, averaging 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, McDaniels became a starter for the Tigers. He averaged 10.9 points and 5.0 rebounds, and finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in blocked shots with 2.1 per game.
As a junior in 2013–14, McDaniels became one of the top players in the ACC. He averaged 17.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He led the ACC in blocks per game at 2.8 and at the conclusion of the regular season was named first team All-ACC and the conference Defensive Player of the Year. In the postseason, he led the Tigers to the 2014 National Invitation Tournament. McDaniels led the team to the tournament semifinals in Madison Square Garden.
In April 2014, McDaniels declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.
Philadelphia 76ers (2014–2015)
On June 26, 2014, McDaniels was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. In July 2014, he joined the 76ers for the 2014 NBA Summer League. After being named in the 76ers' 2014 training camp roster on September 29, 2014, McDaniels was not present at Richard Stockton College the next day for the opening day of training camp after he and his agent were not happy with the contract he was offered by the 76ers. Subsequently, his deal was restructured and on October 1, McDaniels agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed tender worth $507,000, allowing him to become a restricted free agent in 2015. He went on to start his rookie season in fine form, becoming one of the 76ers main players off the bench and earned notoriety for his shot-blocking prowess. He recorded his first career double-double on November 29 with season-highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks. McDaniels played 52 games for Philadelphia and averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game.
Houston Rockets (2015–2017)
On February 19, 2015, McDaniels was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Isaiah Canaan and a 2015 second-round pick; he was one of a record 43 players to be traded on the day of the trade deadline. He appeared in just 10 games for Houston to finish the regular season, and missed the team's entire playoff run after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his right elbow in the regular season finale.
On July 21, 2015, McDaniels re-signed with the Rockets to a three-year, $10 million contract. On April 3, 2016, he played a season-high 18 minutes and scored 10 points in the Rockets' 118–110 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the 2015–16 season, he received multiple assignments to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets' D-League affiliate.
Brooklyn Nets (2017)
On February 23, 2017, McDaniels was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash considerations. On March 23, 2017, he had a season-high 16 points in a 126–98 win over the Phoenix Suns.
Toronto Raptors (2017–present)
On August 22, 2017, McDaniels signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
McDaniels is the son of Kevin and Shawn McDaniels, and has a younger brother named Dylan.