Many questioned the selection of former North Carolina Tar Heels’ big man John Henson by the Milwaukee Buck in he 2012 NBA Draft. However, Henson has showed a lot of promise as a rebounder and a defender and is a better offensive player than most thought he’d be at this point.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes Henson must continue to progress if he wants to cash in once he becomes a free agent.
Like Harkless, Henson has really progressed nicely. They say injury creates opportunity and Henson has made the most of his. The Bucks have a lot of cash tied up in other players, so it will be important for Henson to come in assertive and aggressive. If he can continue to show the same level of progression he had last year, things should work out in his favor come contract time. Considering how raw Henson looked as a rookie, he has a lot more potential today than he did two seasons ago.
Henson has also been at the center of plenty of rumors and several teams reportedly gauged the Bucks’ interest in dealing him during the offseason. However, if the Bucks do deal a big man, they’d probably prefer to trade power forward Ersan İlyasova. Still, they have at least thought about dealing Henson but they’d probably best be served by hanging on to him and continuing to let him develop.
Henson averaged 11.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.6 assists while shooting 53.8% from the field and 51.4% from the free throw line last season.
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