Houston (CBS Houston) – As recently pointed out by grantland.com, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (the Rockets D-League affiliate) have all but eliminated the midrange shot. In fact, only eight percent of their shots come from the midrange. The other 92 percent come from within eight feet of the basket or from behind the three point line.
“In our first practice coach was like ‘We need to take 50 threes a game’,” Rockets guard Troy Daniels said, fresh off of a D-League call up from the Vipers.
Daniels averaged 22.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.98 assists in 36 games (25 starts) with Rio Grande Valley. He also leads the D-League in three pointers made with 190.
The Vipers experimental offensive, guided by Daryl Morey, encouraged Daniels to shoot threes with no regard for traditional range.
“If I shot one four feet behind the (three point) line, coach told me to take it.” Daniels said.
The freewheeling Vipers style may be the future, but how does it fit in with the present Rockets stretch run? Daniels hopes to find out.
“It’s going to be very interesting, but I’m learning every day. Some of the vets are bringing me to the side and helping me out,” Daniels said. “In the D-league you’re the man, but you’re not the man up here, so you just got to be ready to play (sic) and play your role.”
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