In the loss to Orlando, John Henson became just the fourth player since 1985-86 to put a boxscore line with 17+ points, 25+ rebounds, and 7+ steals. The other three were Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, and Dikembe Mutombo. And of that quartet, Henson was the only one to come off the bench. Amazing.
Thanks to YouTube user DownToBuck (he of the amazing Ersan Ilyasova avatar), the full highlight reel of Henson’s magic is available. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough magic to beat the Magic.
(SPOILER ALERT: most of the free throw highlights above come in bundles of one. It’s one area where he can improve vastly.)
Henson’s talent oozes. It’s evident in his footwork in the low post and in his timing on rebounds and blocked shots. He needs to get stronger, but he is lifting weights every day since a chat with his head coach a couple of weeks ago. For a story by Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin, head coach Jim Boylan noted Henson’s changed approach toward his own off-court development.
“John has made a lot of progress in the last couple weeks as far as understanding what you need to do, the work ethic that you need to have especially when you are a young player and you aren’t playing that much. You’ve got to stay ready, you have to keep working.”
And the numbers back up his talents. The top ten rebounders by percentage are listed below. If Henson had enough minutes to qualify for the leaderboard, his rebounding rate of 19.1% would rank him 7th. If he gets stronger, the sky is almost-but-not-quite-literally the limit. He can get up that high.
If you’re feeling blue and looking for something a bit more mellow, the Tobias Harris version of the same game (30 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists) is here. The Bucks started the season with an embarrassment of riches at power forward and they haven’t entirely managed to use it to embarrass themselves.
With any luck, Henson will be in Milwaukee longer than Harris was.