Throughout the NBA D-League season, plenty of young guns are called up to The Association on the merits of their abilities to be a team's glue-guy and/or do all of the little things necessary on the court.
For others, getting promoted to the NBA is simply due to a display of dominance on the minor league level.
For Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard Troy Daniels, his most likely path to the big league appears to be the latter. The sharpshooter logged yet another ever-impressive and terrific performance on Monday night, as his team outscored the Texas Legends 145-116 to improve to 4-0 on the season thus far.
Daniels sunk an eye-popping seven long bombs from downtown, on his way to scoring 29 points in just 24 minutes off the bench. Letting it rain from deep, the guard played a big role in his team setting a new NBA D-League record with twenty-four three-point field goals made.
While he leads the way for RGV through their successful start to the year, Daniels has been quite the dominating of scorers. His lowest output to date is 22 points through four contests, and he's converted on no less than six three-point field goals in any given game thus far.
If all of this isn't impressive enough, it should also be noted that Daniels has been only been filling a sixth man role for his team in the early goings of the season. Talk about quite the offensive boost off the bench. He certainly provides the team with plenty of firepower.
One has to wonder not only just how long Daniels will remain in the minor league, but also what kind of impact he stands to have in the NBA if and when he eventually gets called up. Likely to join a team with already existent offensive stars, Daniels will have to find other ways to make his presence felt. He won't necessarily be looked upon to pour in the points as a go-to-guy, but by getting set behind the arc and keeping defenses honest, he could certainly stand to be a continuous asset. If nothing else, the young gun could cause opponents to move away from a strategy of double-teamming his team's other options on offense.
Daniels certainly has the potential to be a solid NBA player, a la the likes of a Danny Green or perhaps even an Anthony Morrow.
It'll be interesting to see just how long the sharpshooter remains in a Vipers uniform. Last season, Rio Grande Valley was fortunate to call NBADL M.V.P. Andrew Goudelock its resident star and didn't have to worry about him getting called up until the postseason, when the Lakers became in need of a player to fill in for the injured Kobe Bryant.