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BringJackBack
06-23-2012, 11:06 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The comparison question is one of the many rituals of draft season, with prospects being asked on a daily basis which current or former NBA player they most resemble.
But in the case of North Carolina power forward John Henson, he may want to call on the name of one of his contemporaries: consensus No. 1 pick Anthony Davis. The 6-11, 222-pound Kentucky power forward has inspired such grandiose projections as a likely franchise centerpiece and defensive difference-maker -- a la Kevin Garnett -- that Henson would be well served to market himself as Anthony Davis lite.
Call it draft stock drafting.
Then again, he may want to settle on a different moniker: There's enough talk about Henson's being light as it is.
The 6-11 Henson weighs 216 pounds -- or, as a colleague noted recently, six pounds heavier than Oklahoma City point guard Derek Fisher.
"That will be his issue until he develops his body," said one executive from a lottery team that is considering Henson, the two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year who averaged 2.9 blocks and 9.9 rebounds to go with 13.7 points last season.
It's not just a matter of size, but also strength and athleticism. Henson managed just five repetitions on the 185-pound bench press at the draft combine in Chicago last week. By comparison, slender Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb also recorded five reps, while Marquette forward Jae Crowder had a combine-high 20. (Davis did not participate in the strength drills.) Henson's maximum vertical jump of 30 inches was the third-worst mark in an exercise that Marquette shooting guard Darius Johnson-Odom led at 41 inches.
These are the 11th-hour red flags that run the risk of taking Henson out of contention as a top 10 pick, and they matter because he'll be asked to hold his own against grown men who are both stronger and more athletic than him on a nightly basis. Still, the excitement about Davis speaks to the fact that NBA executives are desperate for dominant defensive players and may be willing to ignore these physical shortcomings. Especially if Garnett is the comparison being made. The future Hall of Famer stood 6-11 and weighed 220 pounds when he entered the NBA as a 19-year-old in 1995, and he still managed to make an impact from the start before eventually adding weight (he's now listed at 253).
For his part, the 21-year-old Henson is confident he'll be able to add to his frame.
"To put on about 15 more pounds is going to come natural," Henson said Monday after his workout in Sacramento, which has the No. 5 pick in the June 28 draft. "I'm going to also help out the process with lifting weights, eating right and hopefully the team that picks me up might get me the strength coach and we can become best friends."
The gene pool offers some hope for teams looking at Henson, whose father is 6-9 and about 240 pounds.
"He's a big dude," Henson said.
While I have Henson sliding to Minnesota at No. 18 in my latest mock draft, he'll have a chance to prove himself with a number of lottery teams (top 14) in the days to come and could certainly wind up there. He worked out with Portland (No. 6) on Wednesday and will visit Golden State (No. 7) on Thursday for a workout that will include Jared Sullinger, another power forward auditioning to be picked that high. Henson said he is also headed for Phoenix (No. 13), Houston (Nos. 14 and 16), Toronto (No. 8), Philadelphia (No. 15), Detroit (No. 9) and Cleveland (Nos. 4 and 24).
"It's going to be a long two weeks, but I'm ready for it," Henson said.


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Sam Amick

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I think if we are wanting to trade up, I believe Henson is who we would go after which is why I ask this question... Obviously we don't know how he will turn out, but the athleticism and rebounding is there to be a Serge Ibaka-lite, which would be a great change of pace from David West when the times comes for him to hang it up. If we are looking for a defensive stud at power forward, should we start with this guy? Can he add 15-30 pounds of muscle in about four years when the time would come for him to play beside the big fella?

I think he's a very intriguing prospect because of the defensive capabilities that he would bring, with what we already have in Paul George, George Hill, and Roy Hibbert. Paul George and George Hill are already elite defenders, and if we brought Henson in and he turned out to be a great defender, we'd be very interesting defensively.

Yay or nay?

Will Galen
06-23-2012, 11:36 AM
Yay or nay?

Maybe.

CreekShow
06-23-2012, 11:45 AM
Always loved watching Henson. Hes a freak in his own right. Before Anthony Davis came in HE was the best shot blocker in the country. Just not real sure how hed fit in. He would need some serious work offensively before he could be a starter IMO. Love the kid, but due to how frail he is combined with his unpolished offensive game, I dont see him being a capable starter. I hope im wrong though. I spent too much time waiting to see him blossom @ UNC. Just dont think itll happen

xIndyFan
06-23-2012, 12:00 PM
henson would be great. Not perfect, but would be a nice fit. That said, so would a lot of guys.

Henson gives the pacers another shotblocker off the ball. That is something needed.

As always, depends on the price.

Sparhawk
06-23-2012, 12:04 PM
I'm saying nay. He didn't even improve over last year.

I know a lot of people are harping on PJIII for not improving, and that guy put up some good numbers. He's just lacked focus and motivation. I think those can be fixed with our core guys and staff.

Henson seems like a guy that played hard and didn't improve. To me, that's a red flag.

I'd rather take PJIII than Henson. Plus, PJIII can probably play 3 positions SF - C.

BringJackBack
06-23-2012, 12:13 PM
I would not have any problem with taking PJIII either :laugh:

xBulletproof
06-23-2012, 12:29 PM
If we move up, I believe it'll be for Austin Rivers. Let him be that me first scorer off the bench for cheap.

OakMoses
06-23-2012, 01:14 PM
For the record, JuJuan Johnson, another notoriously skinny big man, got 15 reps on the bench press last year. Henson's 5 reps is really bad, especially combined with his poor vertical.

Also, i don't think Henson has nearly the amount of fire in his gut that Garnett does.

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xBulletproof
06-23-2012, 01:21 PM
For the record, JuJuan Johnson, another notoriously skinny big man, got 15 reps on the bench press last year. Henson's 5 reps is really bad, especially combined with his poor vertical.

Also, i don't think Henson has nearly the amount of fire in his gut that Garnett does.

Kevin Durant couldn't lift it once at the combine. Far too much emphasis is placed on things that don't matter, like these silly combines. I hate them in all sports.

diamonddave00
06-23-2012, 01:25 PM
Major difference Durant is a sf/sg not expected to be a banger. At 6'11 210-220 Henson is only a pf and is expected to bang inside. Henson's lack of strength and bulk will greatly decrease his effectiveness as a post defender.

xBulletproof
06-23-2012, 01:33 PM
There's a lot more to strength in the post than how much you can bench press. How often have you seen a guy in the post getting manhandled and say ... "wow, he's losing position because his arms aren't strong enough?".

Leverage, footwork and leg/core strength are far more important to me. All of which are easier to judge based on seeing a guy play, not lifting weights.

CableKC
06-23-2012, 02:00 PM
I am more inclined to think that Bird would reach for Zeller before going for Henson. Once Bird latches onto a Player, he doesn't forget about him.

Will Galen
06-23-2012, 02:45 PM
I am more inclined to think that Bird would reach for Zeller before going for Henson. Once Bird latches onto a Player, he doesn't forget about him.

I agree, from what I understand Zeller was the one Bird was disappointed at not coming out last year.

oz_pacer
06-23-2012, 05:12 PM
Yeah I'm a big Henson fan I believe he will become a good nba player

Kstat
06-23-2012, 06:09 PM
There's a lot more to strength in the post than how much you can bench press. How often have you seen a guy in the post getting manhandled and say ... "wow, he's losing position because his arms aren't strong enough?".

Leverage, footwork and leg/core strength are far more important to me. All of which are easier to judge based on seeing a guy play, not lifting weights.

The funny thing is Henson has none of those things either. He's is an absolute featherweight in the post.

He's outstanding when he's playing help defense, but post him up and he gets destroyed.

Psyren
06-23-2012, 06:16 PM
I want nothing to do with Henson.

xBulletproof
06-23-2012, 06:25 PM
The funny thing is Henson has none of those things either. He's is an absolute featherweight in the post.

He's outstanding when he's playing help defense, but post him up and he gets destroyed.

I haven't watched him enough to really know, but I just don't like the idea of a poor bench press meaning you can't be in the post. As if the bench press is everything.

Lance George
06-23-2012, 07:37 PM
Here's Austin Rivers vs. Eric Gordon, freshman production:

http://oi46.tinypic.com/kyr5z.jpg

He has the upside to one day be a very good starting SG. He may not be my top choice in the second-half of the lottery, but I'd be o.k. with trading D.C. and #26 for him.

IndyPacer
06-23-2012, 07:59 PM
If the Pacers traded up to Henson range, I'd be more interested in Rivers, Jeremy Lamb, and especially Lillard.

imbtyler
06-23-2012, 08:24 PM
I would love to have Austin Rivers scoring off the bench for us. That's exactly what he can do. However, he's jumped from as low as 18th to 10th in the recent DraftExpress mock, so unless the Hornets are going to pick him to backup EJ (doesn't make sense if you're rebuilding and need other components), then I think there might be a chance that NOH's #10 pick will be traded.

Of course, that's just speculation.

Slick Pinkham
06-23-2012, 08:29 PM
Eric Gordon had a very bad wrist that season at IU

johndozark
06-23-2012, 08:42 PM
If we are planning to go after Dragic, I want Zeller. I can just see P. George, Zeller, and Dragic in transition.

I don't think either Zeller or Henson will be starters for a couple of years, but I see Zeller becoming a major contributor off the bench sooner than I see Henson becoming that. I think Henson's potential will start showing up in his third year or so(after body-building, shooting practice, learning some new skills), and that he will be very good when he kicks in. I think I see Zeller remaining a major contributor off the bench, but I hope I am wrong if we get him.

PGisthefuture
06-23-2012, 09:29 PM
I'm saying nay. He didn't even improve over last year.

I know a lot of people are harping on PJIII for not improving, and that guy put up some good numbers. He's just lacked focus and motivation. I think those can be fixed with our core guys and staff.

Henson seems like a guy that played hard and didn't improve. To me, that's a red flag.

I'd rather take PJIII than Henson. Plus, PJIII can probably play 3 positions SF - C.

I agree there is something special about PJIII. If we can move up and get him I'll be more than happy.

Kstat
06-24-2012, 01:29 AM
He's a special athlete. As a basketball player, he's garbage. He can always improve that, though...