After a terrific scoring outburst by Hornets reserve shooting guard Troy Daniels (28 points in a win against the Kings), Hornets.com speculated that the dangerous scorer had finally found his sweet spot. In a post called: Daniels Finding A Role With Hornets, writer Sam Perley says of the former VCU sharpshooter: “his entire professional career has been defined by trying to find a role all while frequently changing teams and adjusting to different situations. Now in his third NBA season, the former undrafted shooting guard seems to have finally found a home with the Hornets.”
Perley, interestingly, might describe the Hornets’ Jeremy Lin with almost the exact same words. (The undrafted Lin even sometimes plays shooting guard.) Lin, who like Daniels spent time in the Rockets organization, has bounced around since his Linsanity days in New York. He’s tantalized at times, though he’s been frustrated trying to find a consistent role wherever he’s gone. (Let’s not talk about the Lakers — that was bad.) Now seeing increased minutes in Charlotte — mainly due to injuries — Lin has stepped up his game as part of a three-guard rotation (Lin, Daniels, Kemba Walker) that is delivering for the Hornets, who look to be back on track. More proof that finding a role in a system is so rare — and so critical for NBA success for any player who is just below franchise-player level.