Heels in the Pros: John Henson has work to do to crack the rotation

The previous #31 in a Tar Heels uniform is now #31 in a Milwaukee Bucks uniform. John Henson, a former Tar Heel, is currently a rookie for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. He is third on the depth chart behind the starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova and Drew Gooden. If you have seen John Henson play at Carolina the past three years, then you know that he can play. You also know that he has improved his skills each season. You must keep in mind that college basketball is different from professional basketball. The NBA has many former All-Americans, players of the year, and championship winners from the United States and abroad. NBA players are like Daft Punk – harder, better, faster, and stronger.

Oct 13, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson (31) takes a shot against Detroit Pistons forward Austin Daye (5) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

John Henson is unique with his 6’11″ height and 7’5″ wing span. The only thing that he has to do is figure out how to overcome obstacles, which some people coin as “growing pains.” Since he is new to the NBA, John has to learn the game from a different view. He may end up being a tweener long-term, similar to Antawn Jamison who is a former Heel as well. One thing that Henson has that Jamison does not is superb shot-blocking ability. On the other hand, Jamison is a much better shooter than Henson.

In my opinion, John Henson should bulk up a little bit more and focus on the power forward position. He is the same size as New Orlean’s Hakim Warrick, but taller. The skill set is not a question with Henson; just the ability to guard bigger power forwards. I foresee John Henson averaging more playing time as the season progresses.

Topics: John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks, North Carolina Tar Heels

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