So in other news.....John Henson tore it up
Back to basketball....John Henson put in work against the Nuggets. 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks on 7-10 shooting. Are these the type of numbers he's capable of one day consistently producing during the season? Not necessarily as many points and rebounds, but solid stats of 15 points, 9-10 rebounds and 2-3 blocks? I don't think that's unreasonable for him.
To be honest, I don't see him being that much better than Larry Sanders. Good defensive guy that's going to score here and there but is there for his help-side D, blocks, and boards.
Yeah I can see that. But I can also see him getting a good amount of points on those trash buckets. If he can develop a good jump hook on both low blocks, with his long arms there won't be 10 people in the league that would be able to consistently stop it, unless he just keeps getting pushed around. IMO it all comes down to if he gains enough weight to bang and if he develops a go-to post move where his height and length would give him the advantage. It's not a given, but it's not impossible.
I've always been really high on Henson. Last year when he got opportunities to play he was really productive. With a new coach and a full year in the league under his belt he's due for much more playing time. He's one of my breakout candidates for this year. He'll probably be the 6th or 7th man to start the year but don't be surprised if he eventually takes Ilyasova's spot in the starting lineup.
There are some similarities. They both have potential to be shot-blocking juggernauts and great rebounders. But IMO, Davis has much more offensive potential. I think Davis has KG-like potential (not saying he'll reach it, but it's definitely in his realm of capability) while Henson's offensive potential is limited. Davis has the potential to be a 20+ scorer in the future with his good ball handling, good outside game (although his mid-range was way off this past year, he'll be hitting those soon. He did at UK, so he will in the league if he keeps working and adjusts), good post game, and good passing for situations when he might get trapped or doubled.
I really don't know if henson's offensive game/potential is limited. Yes, he may not be as good as davis but the guy has an excellent left hand. He uses it very well on hook shots and finishing around the rim off pick and rolls as seen in the game. Henson also got a decent mid-range game. He showed that he could hit that 15-18 feet shot when he got time during the regular season.
He will only get better through the years lets just hope larry drew won't stunt his growth and bury him on the bench like what skiles did to him and tobias.
He has an excellent left hand because he is left handed
Henson shoots his free throws right handed. Henson would be best classified as ambidextrous. I am really interested to see what he is like in 2-3 years. You can still see he is growing into his body and for a 22 year old has more potential than the typical 22 year old in the league.
He was one of my favorite prospects coming out last year. He has great length, is a good shot blocker and rebounder, has a few post moves, and can stick the mid range jumper. He didn't get much run last year, but did have some really good games including a 20/20 game. Hopefully he gets some quality minutes this year, I think he can become a solid NBA player.
That dude saved me in the finals of fantasy basketball at the end of the regular season. He's going to be really good.
I think Henson should be starting and I see him becoming a Chris Bosh type.
I still think Ilyasova should be the starter because he's a far better scorer at this point, and next to Larry Sanders, you kinda need someone that can score the ball. Having said that, I hope Henson sees a drastic increase in his playing time from his rookie year. He should be playing 25-30 minutes a game IMO. Sanders, Henson, and Ilyasova form a nice big man rotation.