BTBP Roundtable: Adjustments Made, More Needed?

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Dec 7, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward

John Henson

(31) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 90-88. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

3. John Henson has been putting in good performances on both ends of late, would you be open to seeing him get more minutes?

AM: Absolutely. He’s been really active of late, with his last five games showing good jumps of activity on both ends of the floor. The standout moment is obviously his game-winning block against the Trail Blazers, but his hook shot has been as effective as ever, and even better than that he’s been helping his teammates with great screening. They paid him good money, so now seems like the time to make use of his skills.

TW: I’m running out of space in Henson Villa due to more and more people signing up thanks to his great play recently! I wrote about how Henson has been sneaky good for a while now this offseason, and thankfully I was right about that. Seeing him get more minutes can only be a good thing–but seeing Greg Monroe get even less isn’t such a good thing.

Maybe the two can be worked into a big lineup the Bucks go to occasionally? Obviously against the Warriors and other small teams it’s not the best idea, but there should be times Jason Kidd can get away with playing the two giants simultaneously.

JT: It wasn’t too long ago that we were talking about what’s wrong with Henson, but here we are now on the opposite side of things. Henson’s started to look like the Henson of last year and his play (take a look at his per-36 numbers since the lineup change, per has certainly warranted a few minutes here and there. Of course, it just illustrates the overall problem with trying to juggle the minutes between Monroe and Henson and it’s not a position I envy by any means.

AE: I’d like to see his minutes creep up and see if he can stay consistent. Which has been his biggest struggle.

JH: I love Monroe, so no not really. As much as I’m biased towards getting Monroe as many minutes as possible I definitely could see a situation where the Bucks do not want to keep him around after his contract is up. Henson might be the exact center this team needs in a few seasons. He is a excellent rim protector, has a good offensive game for this point in his career, and is a prototypical Buck (long and athletic). I still don’t think he gets enough rebounds but as he adds muscle over time I think that will be less of an issue.

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