One player on the Summer League squad for the Rockets played very well and deserves a contract with the team.
Danuel House was very impressive during the five games of the Las Vegas Summer League for the Houston Rockets. He showed the ability to play both ends of the court and to play them well.
Throughout the league, he averaged 16.8 points per game, tops on the team, and 3.2 assists a game, second on the team to De’Anthony Melton. His ability to catch and shoot along with his athleticism makes him a guy that could be a solid role player for the Rockets in the actual NBA season. Oh yeah, and he’s from Houston.
Last year, he was on a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns. He played in just 23 games and only 17.5 minutes a night. House didn’t look fantastic, but he showed flashes of his potential at times with the team.
Against the Golden State Warriors last season, House had a monster game of 22 points, 8 rebounds & 3 assists. He also had this insane self alley-oop in a different game against GSW:
I guess he likes playing against Golden State!
House didn’t show it in the NBA last season, but he can shoot the basketball from downtown. In the Summer League this year, he shot 37% from deep, including five of them in his 30-point game against the Cavs at the end.
When he was wide open, he was money from long range. If he plays with the Rockets, he would get almost nothing but open looks from playmakers Chris Paul and James Harden. Gerald Green was an average 3-point shooter before his time with Houston (and with them), but he fits in perfectly and is able to hit wide open jumpers. Think of House as a similar-type of player, but he plays better defense.
House might now be able to create his own shot like Green can at times, but Houston wouldn’t need that. If he gets a contract with the team, he’d likely be another 3-and-D guy that the team can throw out there on a nightly basis.
He deserves to be in the NBA
Roster spots, especially at the wing, are filling up quick for the Rockets. House, if he isn’t signed by Houston, deserves to be somewhere in the NBA. I know some team will take a chance on him and they certainly won’t regret it.
Hopefully, though, Danuel House is a Houston Rocket next year. Even if it’s another two-way deal, he more than belongs in the NBA.