The Houston Rockets have decided to insert Danuel House Jr. back into the starting lineup tonight against the Bulls. What’s his effect as a starter? Look.
Houston Rockets fans — our team is back in action after a brief break from Wednesday’s action against the Golden State Warriors at home. With all of the injuries and the massive changes to their lineup, they’re no longer the Warriors that we’ve expected to see over the years but they’re an opponent to compete with nonetheless.
The Houston Rockets were able to finish Golden State off while barely breaking a sweat, eventually cruising to a 129-112 win at Toyota Center. James Harden led all scorers with 36 points, 13 assists and four rebounds off 10-for-23 shooting from the field and 6-for-16 from behind-the-arc. You can also add three blocks to the monster game that he had as well.
We won’t see it all of the time but every starter had the opportunity to get in double-figures in terms of scoring and the only bench player that was able to reach that mark was Austin Rivers, who chipped in 12 points.
It was a nice win by the Houston Rockets that was badly-needed after a shaky start to the season. They’re treading water right now but I expect an ascent in the standings once the rapport in this lineup starts to get even stronger than what it already is.
It’s notable to say that Danuel House Jr., who just inked a three-year, $11.1 million deal this offseason, is off to a great start. Mike D’Antoni has him in the starting lineup and it has yielded tremendous benefits with his hot shooting and strong defense to boot.
The debate will continue on if Eric Gordon is a more effective player off the bench or in the starting lineup but the proof is in the pudding, some of the Houston Rockets‘ most-effective lineups have included House.
In fact, House is in the second-most effective lineup when it all comes down to plus-minus. That lineup includes Westbrook, Harden, Capela, P.J. Tucker and, of course, House. This lineup has been used just about every game and it’s currently netting a +/- of an 8.5 with an average of 13.9 minutes per game together.
House is also on the third-most effective lineup with a +/- of 6.0 that has Ben McLemore substituted in place of Tucker.
There’s no if, and or buts about it, House has made a notable impact being a member of this team
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and we haven’t seen anything yet once he really starts to hit his stride.
He will be in the three-spot tonight against the Chicago Bulls at United Center so it will be interesting to see how effective he will be in his role, which is obviously a promotion from last season that had him in the D-League for a chunk of time because of a disagreement on the terms of his contract.
With all of that in the rear-view mirror, he really has the opportunity to shine and continues to be a walking success story. The sacrifices he’s made, being cut from the Warriors with the Houston Rockets finally being home for him goes to show stories like these have happy endings with the exception that the book of his professional career has yet to be written. There will be many more chapters to fill and I’m looking forward to the words coming off with the flip of each page that’s turned.
I can’t wait for the start of tonight’s game — let’s go Houston Rockets!
House is averaging 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds off 47.9 percent shooting from the field, 45.8 percent from three and 81.3 percent from the charity stripe through eight games — seven starts — this season.