Recapping the Rockets’ 2019-20 season through 64 games

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The Houston Rockets re-signed 3-and-D forward Danuel House heading into the season, and House has been up-and-down this year. His 3-point shooting took a bit of a hit, as he’s made 36.3 percent of his trips from downtown, compared to 41.6 percent last season, although his scoring is up this season.

House is averaging 10.2 points per game, compared to 9.4 during the 2018-19 season, and has been a regular starter for the Rockets. House has been much better on the defensive end than he was last season, as he’s doubled his blocks and steals averages year-over-year, and he’s had improvements in defensive win shares and defensive box plus minus.

Austin Rivers was also a player the Rockets decided to re-sign, which made sense considering how important the second-unit is. Rivers has outperformed the 2018-19 version of himself, which endeared him to Rockets fans. In fact, Rivers has made 35.8 percent of his triples, compared to the 32.1 percent he made last season, and has averaged essentially the same number of points on less minutes and attempts.

All in all, the Houston Rockets have gotten positive returns on Rivers and House this season.

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