The Philadelphia 76ers made quite a few additions this season. They signed 3&D prototype P.J. Tucker to a three-year $30 million contract along with signing former Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell.
However, Danuel House Jr. may end up being one of the most influential signing for the Philadelphia 76ers who hasn’t been talked about enough.
Danuel House started last season on the lowly Houston Rockets. After a poor showing with the Rockets, they waived their long-tenured player, one of their last remaining pillars from the James Harden era in Houston.
House played 16 games for the Rockets, averaging 4.8 points per game on 33.8% from the field and 29.4% from deep, a far cry from the 36.4% average from 2016-2021. After a disappointing finale in Houston, House ended up signing a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.
However, in New York, House failed to catch on, playing only one game. After completing his 10-day with the Knicks, House was able to talk with another suitor in the Utah Jazz. This is when his year finally started turning around.
In Utah, Danuel House signed multiple 10-day contracts and finally secured a minimum contract following a strong showing of defense and his shooting, which had been M.I.A. all season. In Utah, House showed the player that he can be when he gets to complement a better team.
With the Jazz, House shot 41.5% from three, showcasing his ability to knock down shots when supporting great teammates. He also played incredible defense averaging 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks per game in only 19.6 minutes per game.
Beyond just the general fit of being a great compliment on this team, House also has experience playing with James Harden, thanks to his Houston Rockets days. House has played 102 games with James Harden in his career.
The 29-year-old has averaged 9.8 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 43.7% from the field and 37.6% from deep. House has the chemistry necessary to succeed immediately with James Harden, and his skill set matches Embiid’s needs perfectly.
After working his way up to the NBA from the G-League, House was an immediate success for Houston. Not only did he show his grit and determination that Philadelphia 76ers fans will soon love, but House played great next to the pass-happy Chris Paul and natural bucket-getter James Harden.
In Philadelphia, he’ll be paired with the new and improved Harden and another walking bucket in Tyrese Maxey. House may not be the flashiest signing so far, or even the flashiest signing for the Philadelphia 76ers, but he will be an elite role player.
The Philadelphia 76ers’ latest signing knows his role, and he knows how to do his role well.