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The NBA Summer League is an opportunity to players to make an impression across the league.
Danuel House has done exactly that during play at the Las Vegas Summer League.
The second-year swingman for the Houston Rockets scored 30 points, canning 5 of 11 3-pointers, in a 92-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The 30-point eruption put his scoring average at 16.8 as Houston’s play in Vegas concluded.
“I think I have” made a good case, House told Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review Journal. “I’ve been showing improvement. I’m still learning the defensive principles that they also want.
“So I think I made a pretty huge jump from when I first started to now.”
The 6-foot-7, 207-pound House played in 23 games (3 starts) for the Phoenix Suns last season, averaging 6.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.5 minutes. He shot 43.4 percent from the field, 25.9 percent from three and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line.
In his final five games with the Suns last season, House’s numbers jumped to 14.6 points and 6.2 boards.
House, 25, believes his size makes him a matchup problem for the opposition.
“I’m a 6-7 two- or three-guard that can also play at the four spot,” House said. “So at 6-7, 230 (pounds), there are not too many guys that can stop you from going downhill.”
Having come out of Texas A&M, House would enjoy a homecoming of sorts if he could stick with the Rockets. Regardless, though, he hopes he’s done what he went to Las Vegas to do — make an impression across the NBA.
“I’m confident that my agent is going to do a great job of putting me in the right situation so that I can prosper,” House said.