He had a great first preseason game. Yes I know it's preseason but D'Antoni always gets a guy from the bench to break out. Earl Clark Jeremy Lin etc. can Henry be the guy this year? He's only 22.
He's making the most of his opportunity in LA, including dropping another 15 points in last night's game. Henry is 22, but I think his ceiling isn't very high anymore. That being said, he's too good of a player to be out of the league after his rookie contract and if he can find his jumper consistantly he can be a big bodied 3 point shooter than can play 10-15 minutes and spread the floor.
In 2 preseason games with the Lakers he's had 29 & 15 points...This might be the 1st time since early in his rookie year that he's been completely healthy....At Kansas he shot 42% from 3 point range,but once he got to the pros,it seemed like he forgot to bring that shooting range with him......
It remains to be seen if he'll keep up this offensive production,even in D 'Antonio's system...Last year in New Orleans he was trash on offense and failed to show the defensive effort that won him praise from opposing coaching and players as a rookie in Memphis...Not being healthy might been the cause to some of his defensive troubles in New Orleans..
Signing with the Lakers,playing in this system, listening to and watching high IQ savvy vets like Kobe,Nash & Gasol will help him become a better player..He's extremely raw offensively,not a good athlete,has a low basketbal IQ,doesnt have a true position..Henry is also a poor passer, his assist rating was among the worst, ranking 60 out of 62 among shooting guards....
Watching him play these 2 preseason games it appeared he has worked on his game.......This might be his last chance to prove he's a nba player...If he can establish himself as a 3 & D guy,it will not only help the Lakers,but it'll earn him another and perhaps a bigger nba contract.......
Well, I am happy for him if he can turn it around. Jealous that he didn't do anything at Memphis, but I honestly thought he was done. The thing with him is that he has a cool basketball name and "looks" like a prototype shooting guard. He didn't show much of anything with the Grizzlies and bounced around.
Hopefully he makes the most of his opportunity with the Lakers. They have a great offensive coach, and some really good point guards. They also have two solid bigs in Pau and Kaman who can keep a defense honest. Xavier Henry will just need to make some shots and make a few plays. If he can do that, then I think he will be fine with LA. If he can find his niche as a rotation guard who can make shots then he can play 10 years in this league even if he never turns into an all-star.
Also, didn't catch the game last night, but from what I watched of the Lakers - Warriors game, this current Lakers squad is fun to watch. They might not win 60 games (more like a team that will be in a dog fight for the 7th/8th seed), but they will be competitive. Jordan Farmar looked good and should be the backup point guard they need (Steve Blake was basically ineffective). Kaman is good, Nick Young is flammable when hot, and we all know what Pau Gasol and Steve Nash can do.
If they play together then I think they can surprise some people. Solid talent, good chemistry, good tempo, with enough rebounders and depth to be in most games, and they might steal some fans back from the Clippers. This current Lakers team reminds me a bit of the old Lake Show teams -- not world beaters but pretty fun to watch. If they can play all-around team ball then hopefully Kobe buys in when he comes back. If so, this might be another sleeper team out West.
Shawne Williams is one guy on that team who can be effective for them. He's long and multi-talented. He can shoot 3's, rebound, and defend some. If he stays out of trouble then he can be very solid for them. I wanna say that he is like Lamar Odom without the ball handling skills and with a better 3 point shot, so he needs to stay away from the Kardashians.