John Henson fans have to have been waiting for this one. Alton Lister averaged 1.7 blocks per game with the Bucks in seven years with the team. John Henson has spent four years in Milwaukee, and has averaged 1.6 blocks per game in that time.
Lister only hit 2.0 blocks per game twice in his Bucks tenure–Henson has already done it once, and averaged 1.9 blocks per game last year. He’s got 402 blocks logged, compared to Lister’s 804.
Henson is halfway there. He’s roughly equal to Lister in terms of shot-blocking ability–they both averaged 3.0 blocks per 36 minutes in their Milwaukee careers. Honestly, Henson is probably even better than Lister.
He’s averaged 4.0 blocks or more per 36 for his last two seasons, something Lister failed to ever do in his career, Bucks or otherwise. If Henson actually got consistent minutes or especially the starting center gig in Milwaukee, he’d definitely pass Lister in the next half-decade–potentially even before his four-year contract extension is up.
Henson has been unable to ever capture that starting job though, and with Greg Monroe and Miles Plumlee both still around it seems like 2016-17 won’t be the season he passes the 20 minutes per game mark for the first time since 2013-14.