Since coming into the league in 2012, John Henson has been the epitome of efficiency. Though he has never solidified a starting role in Milwaukee, he is a great bench player. With his combined abilities to finish around the rim, rebound, and be a superb shot blocker, Henson is a valuable asset.
After receiving a four-year contract extension last summer, Henson had yet another good season in 2015-2016, despite playing less than 20 minutes per game. However, his minutes are not indicative of a bad thing. Henson’s per-36 minute averages are awesome and sometimes players really are just better when they come off the bench.
With Plumlee as the starting center opening the season, Henson will be paired up with Greg Monroe as the centers off the bench. You can expect Henson to get another season of about 20 minutes per game with extreme efficiency.
The biggest part of Henson’s game is his nature of being a rim protector. With his absurd 4.1 blocks per 36 minutes, Henson has shown that he is not an easy player to score on. On a team that has definitely struggled defensively, Henson’s impact on the team is something that cannot be matched.
On the offensive side of the ball, Henson’s efficiency has gotten a lot better. In his rookie season, he held a respectable 48.2 field goal percentage. As for last season, however, his field goal percentage has jumped up to 56.4. Also, with 94.1 percent of his shots coming within 10 feet, Henson knows his strengths on the basketball floor.
Despite tremendous per 36 minute numbers, Henson is now on his fourth head coach without securing a full-time starting position. This has to show something about a decrease in effort or production over extended minutes. It might be nothing, but he continues to stay down on the depth chart.
Like many big men across the NBA, Henson does not stretch the floor well either. He might know that his strengths are shooting close to the basket, but the fact that he only attempts 4.1 perent of his shots outside 10 feet shows that he is not comfortable stepping out.