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Free Agent Wings: Danuel House

The Rockets forward made some noise this year and will be a RFA.

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The Sacramento Kings are in need of some wings to beef up their bench depth, assuming Harrison Barnes opts in to his current deal or restructures his contract. Corey Brewer, who eventually became the primary backup to Barnes after being acquired, is also a free agent so the Kings are thin at the position.

Danuel House is one of the more underrated names on the market. House was a two-way player for the Houston Rockets who was eventually signed for the remainder of the season for his performance.

House was signed to a one year, $247,827 but he’s a restricted free agent who can make $1,890,752 next season if he doesn’t sign a new deal.

The 25-year-old played in 39 games this season in which he averaged 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists on 46.8 percent field goal shooting and 41.6 percent from three point range.

The majority of House’s shots came from three but there’s no form of a mid-range game in his arsenal. It’s either a three or a restricted area basket for House which isn’t ideal but he still makes his shots at a splendid clip. His true shooting percentage was 64.6.

Factoring his shots just in the restricted area, House converted 64.1 percent of his shots on 64 attempts.

The bulk of his overall attempts obviously comes from three and the positive sign is he hits them above league average except in the right corner. He’s only 35.2 percent from that area but it’s not terrible considering his performance elsewhere.

With 70.6 percent of House’s shots coming from deep, 52.4 percent of those attempts came on catch and shoots. He converted on 42.4 percent of these threes on 3.4 attempts a game, a great mark for any player.

The other type of shot in House’s arsenal was finishing at the rim, despite a low volume of attempts.

House is able to finish tough, contested shots at the rim on or off ball. In the clip, he goes on an isolation play against Royce O’Neale and is able to get the extra step to get a good look at the rim. He didn’t do isolation plays often because of James Harden and Chris Paul being the primary ballhandlers, but it looks promising.

Rebounding isn’t a strength for House but it’s not a weakness either. He pulls down 3.6 a game and has a defensive rebound percentage of 13.3 percent which was in the middle of the pack in Houston’s roster.

House has some good defensive stats that make me feel much higher about him. He doesn’t steal the ball at a high rate (0.5 a game, 1.1 steal percentage) but he does have occasional tendencies to disrupt passing lanes.

In this clip, he intercepts Jusuf Nurkic’s bounce pass, runs the floor and tightropes along the baseline for a nifty reverse finish.

Out on the perimeter, House isn’t the fastest when it comes to lateral movements and staying in front of his man but he tends to recover well at times. Ricky Rubio was able to turn House around but he recuperates and blocks the shot.

When opponents shot three pointers guarded by House, they converted 36.4 percent of the time on 3.7 attempts. On overall shots, opponents made 47.3 of their shots on 9.6 attempts. Despite his poor struggles offensively in the playoffs, House’s defensive stats fared much better. Opponents made 20 percent of their threes on 4.3 attempts, a beautiful mark to see. On overall shots, the percentage decreased to just 41.4 percent on 8.3 attempts.

House became a fan favorite in Houston swiftly with his solid shooting and effort plays on both ends of the floor. The Rockets were a +10.5 per 100 possessions when he was on the floor, the highest mark on the team in 39 games played in the regular season.

The 6’7” forward can play either at the 3 or 4 spot, with 52 percent of his minutes coming at the three and 45 percent of them coming at power forward. The other three percent came at shooting guard.

I was high on House prior to writing this but I’m more excited about him after watching his film. The problem is that Houston said they’ll match any offer for the restricted free agent and House wants to stay. Even though Houston is tight on their cap space, denouncing House’s contract won’t free them additional space.

Although House hasn’t proven himself for long, I’d offer a four year, $34 million contract. Taking his struggles from the playoffs aside, the 26-year-old fits the teams timeline, hits threes at great clip, has a low usage rate and is a capable defender who is showing promise. I think it’s likely the Rockets match and he stays but he would be a really solid addition off the bench.