Just as good as Jerryd "Skip" Bayless and Eric "Don't call me Ben" Gordon.
Gerald Henderson is definately not as good as either of those players. He is a Junior, and its taken him up till now to be anything resembling a gamebreaker. Thats 3 years with an olympic gold medal winning head coach to finally perform up to his hype out of high school. He is a good player and his recent surge suggests he has potential, but from what i see he has more learned how to use his athleticism now than really build up his skills, and I dont think he is an elite NBA athlete, so there will be a learning curve. Theres holes in his skillset, he either takes it to the basket or pulls a 3, but he doesnt have NBA 3 range yet so he really needs to work on his midrange or he wont be very effective, especially in the half court. The potential is there and i can see it, but Gordon and Bayless are both better, and a year or two younger.
Henderson will have more success at the Pro Level than at the College Level because of his handle and the ability to hit the mid range shot. Have you ever looked at the middle of the floor in College? Most NCAA teams play a zone defense, severely clogging up the middle because the three point line is at least two feet in in the NCAA. Extend that line and the middle opens up quite a bit. This gives athletes with a good handle to drive and either take it to the rack, draw defenders and dish, or pull up and hit that mid range shot. This is what Gerald Henderson does so good. I love Bayless, I think he's going to be an All Star for sure, but Gordon I'm not completely sold on. His shot is awesome, but he's a little too soft for my likening. He's went a few games this year where he has one or no rebounds, that's completely unacceptable, even for a SG trying to play the Point. Henderson is definitely not soft and his defense is much better than these two, he's got two years on them though, but toughness cannot be taught. Bayless is tough though, he will go right to the basket and throw it down on your head, Gordon has that potential, but his personality will limit his opportunities, maybe past injuries have him concerned that he will get injured again. By no means does he have to be another Gerald "Crash" Wallace, but he at least has to look for openings in the defense to take it to the rack. He loves to shoot though, and that will ultimately hinder his potential because he has the quickness and the athleticism to take it to the rack any time he chooses. Henderson is a longer, slightly more athletic Dahntay Jones with a better handle and shot. Comparing him to Wade is a bit too much, but if he puts in work, who knows, who I am I kidding, he will never be as good as D-Wade, just a very solid, athletic, long, quick, defensive minded role player.
Gerald Henderson is the next Jordan
I called it
I think the reason it's taken Henderson so long to establish himself as a legit 1st round prospect is because of Duke's system. At Duke, they live and die by the three-point shot, and their offense (until this year) has not consisted of a player that can drive to the lane and create shots for himself. Just like NBADraft.net's article explains, Henderson's improved jumpshot has caused defenders to play him differently, which is why he's been a lot better this year. His style of play is a lot more suited for the NBA game in my opinion, and while he may not be an all-star on the next level, he'll definitely give a team a spark off the bench.
High level athlete. Great defender. Offensive skills improve every game. You are drafted on potential and Gerry has loads of that.
If Gerald Henderson can work on his handle, he can be the next D-Wade. They have plenty of similarities, their both 6'4 with a long wingspan, have plenty of hops, are great slashers, good mid-range shooters, both expanding their range out to the three point line, goes to the free throw line at a high rate, both are solid defenders, and both puts their respective team on their backs and deliver in crutch time.
NO way.. i mean henderson is probably more athletic but he does not have the penetrating abiltiy that wade has.. wade penetration is at the highest rate of all time players
Don, I'd like to see that too, anybody that questions whether or not he has elite athleticism hasn't watched him play, ever.
High level athlete(still only 6'5)
Decent Defender(Size will eat away at him in the NBA)
Offensive Skills show much potential(still struggles to create his own shot sometimes)
His nickname is not Gerry btw.
I see some potential in him, but his height limits him I believe and whoever says he'll be the next Jordan...You belong in a mental institution.
I love watching Duke play but that system isn't made for certain players thats the slashing type. Gerald wasn't highly touted until that McDonald's game. Thats what pushed him to top 5 rankings on high school scouting sites. So, he peaks at different times. And now he's doing it again. He gained a reliable jumper not killer (think Lebron). But his handle has to really improve if you give him the Wade comparison. Wade in college was more explosive and ball savvy than Henderson now. But he can improve that with practice as an individual (and he can get a better first step with practice too). Is he as good as Bayless or Gordon? No... Bayless and Gordon put up good numbers in one season in college. If Bayless get minutes he would have just as good of a season as Gordon in the NBA. Gordon shouldn't be slept on. He is more of an athlete than Bayless, Rose, and Mayo... And his build is crazy... Blanco, I'm trying not to come at you (because your rebuttals are outrageous) but you are the one that is constantly saying box scores doesn't matter yet you use it for Gordon? Back to Gerald, he is solid but the question that comes up for me is that we know how Duke's system limits your game, but if a star is a star would it matter? Look a Jay Williams at Duke...
he reminds me of a willie green for the sixers. a player with a more than decent shot but can take it to the rim, making him an explosive off-the-bench scorer and he is a tough defender with long arms and good strength. He is an almost mirror image of willie green/courtney lee/kareem rush type players.
Hes a typical duke product...thrives on coach K's system. I can think of plenty of 6'4 slashers with great athleticism that I would rather have. There is no way he is even close to Wade and he never will be. If you want to watch a real 6'4 slasher with great athleticism, watch Jerome "Slicen" Dyson on UCONN. He gets to the rack better than henderson and can finish above the rim as hard as anyone. They have similar range, but i'd give dyson the upper hand because hes a better ball handler and explodes to the hoop on every cut.
LOL... He just became dominant this year, how does he thrive in Coach K's system? Gerald is a better defender, more explosive, bigger, and stronger than Dyson. Gerald (215) has 20-25 pounds on Dyson (190) that alone is Wade-esk. I don't like the Wade comparison right now either, but he has the potential to be..................................................And Gerald playing like Willie Green is not a good comparison at all. The only thing they have in common is that they are the same size and played ball in PA. Willie Green is nowhere near athletic as Gerald.
Remeber Dahntay? He too was a highly athletic, good defensive, and mediocre offensive player, much like G Henderson. In saying that, i believe he will become a solid contributor to an NBA team, either as a rotation player or a fringe starter.