4. John Henson
Gauging a player’s improvement is a funny thing. By many advanced metrics and the per 36 statistics, John Henson was already good last season. But with a shot at more minutes and maybe–finally–becoming Milwaukee’s starter at center, comes a chance for Henson to prove he’s legitimately good.
He is good, but without a lot of minutes Henson has always seemed like a step away from being as good as he could be. Although now that Miles Plumlee is paid he will likely fight him for the starter’s job, and Greg Monroe is still in the mix too.
So things still aren’t easy for Henson. He’s been steadily improving in most statistics over the last few seasons with one key exception–his rebounds per 36 minutes have actually steadily dropped in each of his four NBA seasons.
If Henson can buck that trend and dominate the glass a bit next season while maintaining his high efficiency on offense and continuing to swat just about everything on defense, he could be poised for a breakout season. If Monroe and Plumlee don’t eat up too many of his minutes first, that is.
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