A season after Danuel House Jr. fell out of the Rockets’ rotation in the playoffs’ second round, his role has grown. As sixth man, he has checked into games, replacing Russell Westbrook, early in each half, playing an average of 31 minutes in the postseason.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 06: Danuel House Jr. #4 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 06, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Among undrafted players, House is eighth in scoring, fourth in rebounds per game. But a season after he spent months in the G League, he said he still feels overlooked.
“I feel I’m slept on heavily, if you ask me, with a pillow and a blanket,” House said. “My goal here is to hit the snooze button. Also, to come prepared and play both sides of the ball well. Me being a G League guy, I guess people don’t want to really talk about guys like us unless it’s a huge, huge story. I really don’t see what I’m doing as special. I feel like I’m just playing basketball.”
In seven postseason games last season, House averaged 4.9 points on 29.7 percent shooting. He has averaged 11.4 points in the playoffs this season, making 43.5 percent of his shots.
“P.J. (Tucker) tells me all the time that I’m a guy that’s slept on,” House said. “He just tells me if they continue to sleep, you continue to do what you do. So, you continue to win and bring some hardware home. He says that’s the goal. If you bring hardware home, everything else will handle itself.”