With Houston Rockets forward Danuel House struggling of late, here’s why the Rockets should be extremely worried about the 3-and-D forward.
Heading into the 2019-20 season, Danuel House proved himself to be a valuable utility player for the Houston Rockets, which rightfully landed him a long-term contract. House left such an impression that many even raised the question of whether he should be a starter. But Danuel House has seemingly disappeared recently, which should be very concerning for the Rockets.
Over the course of the last five games, House hasn’t scored in double figures at all despite averaging 31.8 minutes per night during that span. Unfortunately for House it gets worse. Although House was the Rockets’ best 3-point shooter during the 2018-19 season, he’s been shooting 33.3 percent from deep over the course of his last five contests.
Dating back to the Rockets’ loss to the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, House has been shooting 39 percent from the field, compared to his 45 percent from the field in his previous 24 games. One of the most unfortunate things about House’s slump is that it’s come at the same time as James Harden’s recent struggles, which are when the Rockets have especially in need of House’s contributions on the offensive end.
One of the most intriguing things about House is his ability to defend, as he was the Rockets’ second-leading shot blocker through the Rockets first 16 games, but House has only registered two blocks in his last six games as well, which has only been one indication of his struggles on the defensive end of the floor. During that same span, House has had a defensive field goal percentage of 52.5 percent, compared to 47.4 percent on the season.
House’s defensive field goal percentage over the last six games has been the worst on the Houston Rockets among players who have played in all six games. With House struggling on both ends of the floor, it begs the question of what could be causing his drop off in performance. Hopefully it’s just a slump because the Rockets will need House if they plan to bring a title to Houston.