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Danuel House makes the Washington Wizards Opening Day Roster

Against heavy odds, the undrafted wingman made the Washington Wizards final 15-man roster.

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On Friday, the Washington Wizards made their last three cuts of the preseason, effectively finalizing their 2016-2017 Opening Day roster.

  • Bradley Beal Guard 6'5 Florida
  • Trey Burke Guard 6'1 Michigan
  • Marcin Gortat Center 6'11 RheinStars Köln (Cologne, Germany)
  • Danuel House Forward 6'7 Texas A&M
  • Ian Mahinmi Center 6'11 Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez (Pau, France)
  • Sheldon McClellan Guard/Forward 6'5 Miami (FL)
  • Markieff Morris Forward 6'10 Kansas
  • Andrew Nicholson Forward 6'9 St. Bonaventure
  • Daniel Ochefu Forward 6'11 Villanova
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. Forward 6'7 Kansas
  • Otto Porter Forward 6'8 Georgetown
  • Tomas Satoransky Guard/Forward 6'7 F.C. Barcelona Lassa (Spain)
  • Jason Smith Forward/Center 7'0 Colorado State
  • Marcus Thornton Guard 6'4 LSU
  • John Wall Guard 6'4 Kentucky


Seriously, it’s an awesome accomplishment. Washington FanSided site WizardOfAwes spoke to the tremendous odds that House had to overcome to make the final cut (along with fellow Houstonian Sheldon McClellan):

Both players went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft and their chances of realizing their dreams, let alone playing together at such a high level, became slim.

McClellan, a 6-foot-6 guard, signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Washington Wizards shortly after the draft ended and was essentially a lock to join the team for training camp.

House agreed to play for the Wizards in summer league, but was considered a long-shot to make the roster.

Washington built their roster around the idea of versatility this past summer.

McClellan and House, both long defenders capable of guarding multiple positions, fit the description of players Scott Brooks typically likes keeping on his roster.

Still, it’s rare to see multiple players make it out of training camp on non-guaranteed deals.

Somehow, they did it.

Congrats on a fantastic accomplishment, and best of luck at the next level.