John Henson, the former 14th selection in the 2014 draft is playing the best basketball of his career this season.
The 5th-year big man from North Carolina has been often scrutinized during his tenure as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Now, however, J-Hook has the best opportunity of his career right in front of him. His season numbers won’t jump off the page, but this season has arguably been the best of his career. He’s averaging 8.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 blocks a game.
What really separates Henson this season from years past, is his efficiency around the basket. His shooting percentage is way up to 59.4% this season, compared to just 51.5% last year. The difference of 7.9% is one of the best improvements in the NBA in the last two seasons.
With Milwaukee’s lack bigs, John Henson’s play very well may determine the Bucks’ fate this season. Especially with the looming return of the burgeoning superstar, Jabari Parker, Henson can help take the Bucks to the next level on both ends of the floor. With the surging Bucks on a 4-game win-streak, John has been playing the most consistent basketball of his career.
Last week, he put up averages of 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game. He went on to shoot a robust 62.9% from the field and solid 70% from the free throw line. This is the player the Milwaukee Bucks need him to be. He’s been doing a little bit of everything, and his assist numbers have picked up as well. He looks more in control and comfortable out there.
This season, in wins, Henson put up averages of 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game. He also shoots a beaming 62% in victories this season. Whenever J-Hook has a good game, the Bucks rarely lose. However, in losses this season, his averages go down to 7.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.2 blocks per loss. More noticeably, though, is his shooting percentage plummets all the way to 55.2%. He also has a career-best +6.5 NETRTG.
He’s also been a terrific roll man off of screens and has developed great on-court chemistry with Bucks’ forward, Khris Middleton. In fact, Henson has been one of the most efficient scorers off of cuts to the basket. He seems to be more confident in his patented lefty-hook shot, and his finishing around the rim has been much improved this season. His consistency can help elevate this Milwaukee Bucks teams to new highs, and he deserves recognition for his vast improvement this year.