A few days ago somebody on this board posted a lot of who will be better in the future questions. one of them was xavier henry vs. eric gordon. some people were saying henry would be better. Now, if henry is really that good, then why are so many people putting henry in the late lottery/ out of the lottery in their mocks? Gordon is one of the best players in one of the greatest classes in the NBA history (the rookie-sophomore game is not representative). If he will be better then he should be a top 5 pick in this draft. i view him as a thaddeus young type player in the NBA. what do u think?
Much more Glen Rice than Thaddeus Young. Young isn't nearly the shooter Henry is, and Henry isn't the athlete Young is. Henry is also a good deal more fluid in his moves, even though he's not as explosive.
Obviously from the name you can tell i'm a jayhawk fan, and i'll be attending KU next year. With that in mind, I took it upon myself to tune into as many KU games as possible throughout the course of the year.
Henry is a pure shooter who gets great lift on his shots. However, he has tired out late into games, causing his jumper to be a bit flat. He's been labeled as a pure scorer, but that remains to be seen as he struggles to get to the rim off the bounce while being defended by guys his own height and weight. He's been doing a lot better of a job of this lately, blowing up in the second half of this month after being down right awful in the beginning of Big XII play. During this stretch, he's figured out that when he's a slasher first, it opens up his jumper (40% from 3), and then uses his jumped to open up the dribble drive. Due to his lack of lateral quickness, he has also realized that he needs to become a more crafty ball handler in order to get to the rim.
All in all, Henry should be a top 10 pick because, in his prime, he'll average around 16-18 ppg, with 5 boards and a couple apg, not bad for a guy who, just like gordon, is at best number 3 guy on a playoff team.
gordon can be a #2 guy, hes just not there yet. he just turned 21.
I think the comparison around here is Jim Jackson, but that's just 'cause he's a stocky 2. I see a left handed Allen Houston. It's a little early to tell who's gonna be better, but Gordon has 23ppg, 5rpg 3apg potential in the right situation. Then again, Henry's gonna be able to get his offense a little closer to the bucket if his j's not falling. They're both gonna be serious ballplayers, that's for sure.