PBA: TNT taps Jones teammate KJ McDaniels as Governors’ Cup import
Paul Lintag on Aug 17, 2019 05:23 PM
Replacing Best Import Terrence Jones, the KaTropa will bring in KJ McDaniels as reinforcement in the season-ending Governors’ Cup. (AP photo by Matt Slocum)
After a failed attempt to win the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with NBA-level talent, TNT will try again in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
With NBA-level talent as import of course.
Replacing Best Import Terrence Jones, the KaTropa will bring in KJ McDaniels as reinforcement in the season-ending joust. The development was confirmed by the team Saturday.
McDaniels played with Jones with the Houston Rockets and was NBA Summer League MVP last year with the Portland Trail Blazers.
With McDaniels, TNT is looking to replicate the success it had with Jones.
TJ led the KaTropa to the no. 1 seed in the Commissioner’s Cup with a 10-1 record and had San Miguel Beer on the ropes in the Finals with a 2-1 lead before losing in six.
“Definitely I do,” active consultant Mark Dickel said after the Finals loss when asked if they can replicate their Commissioner’s Cup success with a new import.
“We just have to play a little different, obviously, go back offensively and do some different stuff, and just build on our defensive platform that we've got. He [McDaniels] already comes in on the 24th. As soon as we get him acclimated, it goes again,” he added.
McDaniels was the 32nd pick in the 2014 Draft and has NBA career averages of 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game on 14.1 minutes per outing.
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