Danuel House Jr.
Danuel House Jr. was a nice addition to the Rockets rotation this past season. He played in 39 games during the regular season after a resurgence outside of the NBA and even saw action in seven playoff games.
In terms of youthful talent, House could be one of the lower-end bench guys who could sprout next season. He had strong showings throughout the year, but his per 36 minutes numbers are what shows even greater potential.
He averaged 13.5, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game last season. Even though his per 36 minutes numbers with the Phoenix Suns were better the previous season, it’s his 41.6 shooting percentage from behind the arc with Houston that’s most impressive. He even hit some big shots for the Rockets during the season, and being even better next season could get him plenty of minutes on a team looking for secondary help.
The one thing working against House is the number of backcourt players on Rockets roster. Not only do Paul and Harden eat up most of the cap space, Gordon and P.J. Tucker are also in the mix. The Rockets are more in need of complimenting big men, and spending anything on a player like House could be a step in the wrong direction.
There are several key players who will make this list that are much higher priorities to re-sign. At the same time, House has proven to be a good player for the Rockets. If he continues to grow with the Rockets, it will only be better for them as they try to build a legitimate contender for the next few years.
Verdict: Based on low cost, Rockets should buy