Continuing to improve his game
Fresh off a season in which House impressed in a time of desperation for the Houston Rockets, he earned a new contract. Although this was deserved, this ensured a larger role for the 6-foot-7 shooter, which meant more pressure and expectations.
Many wondered if the Rockets managed their mid-level exception correctly, which was partially used to give House his new deal. We weren’t sure how House’s game was going to hold up in his second go-around with the Rockets, and it was going to be hard to outperform the 41.6 percent clip he made from 3-point range, which was a team-high during the 2018-19 season.
But House increased his points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and steals, while also decreasing his turnovers. But the improvement doesn’t stop there, as House said he wants to continue to get better, even during the league’s hiatus.
You’ve still got to get better no matter what’s happening. So I’m just trying to control everything that I can control, and make sure that when my name is called that I’ve completed my task and that I gave 110% effort.
This is yet another positive sign of how House wants to be able/ready to deliver for the Rockets in the postseason, which will be needed if the Rockets want to make a deep run. Sure, there are stars in Russell Westbrook and James Harden, but it’s been proven time and time again that role players tend to make all the difference for championship teams.
It’s a great sign that House is taking this seriously and realizes the importance of giving maximum effort every day. Hopefully we’ll be able to see him show it off on the court, sooner than later.