|Posted by GreenBanner18 on November 9, 2009 at 8:57 AM|
When Daniels was first signed, we knew he could help the Celtics out tremendously. He has proven that he can bring his game to the big stage. He may not have stats that jump off the page and smack you in the face, yet he gets the job done. Marquis is not Mr. Showtime who will make a dramatic play that makes everybody "Oo and Ah". When the time comes, he chooses his shots wisely and hits them with precision.
His shot at times may not look pretty, but it puts the points up. He likes to get into the lane and put up awkward looking shots that we have gotten use to going in. Not only that, he has picked up on his mid range jumper. The past couple of games he has played in, he has had the ball kicked out to him, and he made the defense pay by not getting on him. Therefore, as far as shooting, he has so far given the team much more than I had previously expected.
Daniels brings more than offense to the team. Most importantly, he has bought into the team system that defense leads to offense. What really caught my attention was on the opener in Cleveland, he went out and guarded Lebron perfectly. That type of defensive bench player reminded me back to James Posey, and how he could come in to guard Lebron and Kobe. It doesn't hurt to have someone to come in and buy some minutes from Pierce or Ray in guarding these guys.
Most of all, Marquis is a smart basketball player who doesn't care what his role is. It doesn't matter if he is going in to fill in for the 1, 2 or 3. He plays all of those positions, and he does it with knowledge. He doesn't make stupid decisions like getting a steal and trying to break through to get a basket in a 1 on 2 situation. Daniels is not afraid to do whatever is asked of him, and that is great for a team who could use some rest at the PG and SF positions. Fans noticed just how big of an asset he is to the team the other night in NJ when we didn't have him to come play some solid minutes.