The Toronto Raptors have signed guard/forward, KJ McDaniels to a partially guaranteed one year deal, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.

KJ McDaniels was selected 32nd overall back in the 2014 NBA Draft and was considered to be one of the strongest defenders in the entire draft class. Statistically speaking, McDaniels has never truly reached the defensive ceiling scouts pictured for him (109 DRTG in 2016-17), via Basketball Reference.

Season Tm MP FG% 3P% 2P% eFG% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
2014-15 PHI 25.4 .399 .293 .456 .450 .756 3.8 1.3 0.8 1.3 2.0 9.2
2014-15 HOU 3.3 .333 .000 .417 .333 .500 0.5 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.1 1.1
2015-16 HOU 6.4 .403 .280 .468 .451 .800 1.1 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.5 2.4
2016-17 HOU 7.3 .456 .333 .537 .522 .900 1.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.3 2.8
2016-17 BRK 14.7 .455 .282 .565 .510 .821 2.6 0.5 0.6 0.5 1.0 6.3

(via BasketballReference)

This stint with Toronto, if all goes well, will be McDaniels’ fourth team within the four years he’s been in the NBA. KJ McDaniels has a legitimate shot at making the final cut for the Raptors as he brings athleticism, decent defense, and has shown some life as a floor spacer, while only being 24 years of age.

When given the chance, McDaniels has proved to be a reliable scorer. From the nine games he played over 20 minutes in the 2016-17 season, McDaniels averaged just over ten points a game. Toronto hopes to find that sort of production from him in the upcoming year.

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