LAS VEGAS -- The book on Danuel House when this summer league ends will be this: The undrafted rookie out of Texas A&M is an NBA talent. Whether or not the Wizards give him a roster spot or create one to keep him is another matter.
“He can play in this league,” Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe said, after House had two clutch three-point shots to help erase a 17-point deficit in beating the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. “He shoots the ball. He puts it on the floor for his size. He’s actually at a good size because of the way the game is today with people playing with stretch fours. He kind of fits that bill. The way he’s played out here, I think he has a very good chance of being on someone’s roster.”
House had 15 points, five rebounds and three steals in just 16 minutes of that 71-60 victory as the Wizards advanced to play Saturday vs. the Chicago Bulls. House made all three of his three-point attempts in getting 14 points in 18 minutes of the opener vs. the Utah Jazz. He dropped in 13 in 22 minutes vs. the Brooklyn Nets, making 3 of 7 threes.
“That’s what they talked to me about,” House said after told of Lowe’s comments about his versatility. “I just told them I’m willing to accept the challenge, willing to anything to help the team win.
“I’m still learning the overall game of how the NBA is processed and played. The looks, the windows of opportunities, how things close and open, the right reads.”
Listed as a 6-7 guard, House has come off the bench in all four games as the substitute for Aaron White and has been the better stretch option at forward.
“Daniel House is playing extremely well right now,” said Wizards forward Kelly Oubre, who has been the leading scorer and the leader on the floor. “For him to be able to do that off the bench, he doesn’t have an attitude, he works everyday. He’s a great guy. He’s really impressing me right now.”
John Wall left his summer home in Beverly Hills, Calif., to spend time in Las Vegas. He has endorsed House, 23, publicly, too.
"It’s a pleasure. It’s an honor. It’s also going to help me to be able to perform and learn a lot from him and help this organization if I’m able to get the chance to," House said when told of Wall's actions on social media that suggest he agrees the rookie is ready for the NBA. "Even John Wall reaching out and retweeting, talking to us when he came here just trying to school us to be better players like him it’s a blessing."
The Wizards don't have much wiggle room left with the 15-man roster as it stands. They have to make decisions on Jarell Eddie (non-guaranteed) and whether or not to bring back Alan Anderson. They also surprisingly extended a one-year deal to Marcus Thornton last week to take a roster spot. Unless an undrafted player such as House has a contract at summer league -- most don't -- he's a free agent. The rookie minimum would be $543,000.
If the Wizards, who have longed for an answer at the stretch position, allow House to leave it could be a move to regret.