Houston Rockets: No. 5 Unsung Hero – Danuel House (4 votes)
Since he started his NBA career in 2017, Danuel House has improved his career averages in points, rebounds, steals and blocks per game every season. After some early starting lineup changes, Mike D’Antoni made him the starting forward on the team for the last 17 games before the hiatus.
In that stretch of games, House is averaging 10.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, which are all improvements from his career averages. While no one would classify Danuel as a dead-eye shooter, he must shoot at a decent rate to keep defenses honest and spread the floor for Russell and James, which he’s certainly capable of doing.
The fact that House is working hard on his shooting over the hiatus bodes very well for the Rockets, but I feel like the intangibles he brings to any given game are what really make him a strong unsung hero candidate. Don’t be surprised if he makes a key play to seal a game or two on either end come playoff time.
Houston Rockets: No. 4 Unsung Hero – Ben McLemore (5 votes)
Who would’ve thought that Ben McLemore would be the team’s best shooter this season? Considering what was expected of him when he was signed, McLemore’s season has already been somewhat of an unsung season in its own right.
The only time Ben has shot a better percentage from beyond the arc (41.5) was in 2018-19 when he was averaging just 8.3 minutes per game with the Sacramento Kings. This season, the 6-3 guard is playing nearly 23 minutes per game and shooting 39.5 percent from distance.
McLemore was an elite dunker at Kansas and early in his career with the Kings, but his new role as a spot-up shooter is working out nicely so far. Still, at 27-years-old, Ben is always a threat in the open court with his athleticism.
Given that the Rockets live and die by the 3-point shot, it’s easy to see why many believe Ben McLemore can be a difference-maker in the playoffs.
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