Henson Has Plenty of Upside

The Bucks limited the time John Henson saw on the floor during his rookie season, but his exceptional play won’t have him on the bench much this year.

Despite playing just 13.1 minutes per game, Henson, and his incredible 7-foot-6 wingspan showed plenty of promise to earn a spot on any fantasy roster. 

The sample sizes for Henson are small, but staggering.

The 22-year-old has played over 40 minutes just twice in his career, but submitted two of the most impressive performances Milwaukee saw last year.

During a road victory over Oklahoma City, just one of seven losses the Thunder suffered at Chesapeake Energy Arena last season, Henson converted 11-of-19 shots, scoring a career-high 28 points, to go along with 16 rebounds.

The rebound total was split evenly, as he grabbed eight on the offensive end and eight on the defensive end, a trend he nearly accomplished all of last season.

Henson averaged a total of 4.7 rebounds per game last season, 1.8 came on the offensive end.

If Henson’s numbers during his rookie year stretched out over 36 minutes total to 16.5 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.0 coming on the offensive end along with 1.8 blocks per game.

John Henson averaged 6.0 points on 48 percent shooting along with 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game as a rookie in Milwaukee.

The other time the 14th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft logged over 40 minutes, he dominated on both ends of the floor.

Against the Magic, Henson scored 17 points, collected 25 rebounds, more than any other Milwaukee player last season, and swatted seven shots in place of Larry Sanders, the breakout player of the year that suffered a back injury early in the contest.

The wiry Henson played over 20 minutes just 12 times during his 63 appearances last season.

The 6-foot-11 forward arrived at North Carolina weighing just 183 pounds and instead of trying to avoid the freshman 15, he did everything possible to try and gain weight.

Henson spent his time in college eating six or seven meals a day.

While he is still thin, Henson gained 10 pounds since the end of the regular season, and his additional strength was obvious during Summer League play in Las Vegas.

Henson dominated the Nuggets, playing just 20 minutes but still tallying 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks as he led Milwaukee to an 88-74 victory.

Even though he played just three times in the Summer League, Henson was named to the All-NBA Summer League team, averaging 14.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.

Ersan Ilyasova may have signed a five-year $40 million contract extension last summer, but the starting position may go to the more athletic and length of Henson.

Henson is going undraftated in most Yahoo! fantasy leauges, but few players possess his upside.

By the end of the year, Henson should establish himself as a fantasy commodity.

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About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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  1. He will be a pro!!! Love the video.

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