John Henson hasn't been given routine minutes as a rookie, but he's made the most of his limited opportunities.
Henson has had a couple of monster games this year that have slipped under the radar. He went for 17 points and 18 boards in December against Miami, 20 and nine against San Antonio and 11 and 15 against Houston. The common theme amongst them all: He actually played more than 20 minutes.
And it got us to thinking: Who are Henson's worst- and best-case comparisons?
We'll start with worst-case scenario, which you could say is his teammate Samuel Dalembert.
Dalembert was never a scorer; he was a finisher. He's got a career average of eight points—never averaging more than 10.7.
Rarely do you ever see him extended further than the foul line. Dalembert is able to finish from all angles under the rim and has shown the ability to hit the elbow jumper.
But Dalambert is always in demand because he's fundamentally solid defensively. He cleans the glass and protects the rim. His best year as a pro was in 2007-08, when he averaged 10.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.
Dalembert never had much upside, but he was always a serviceable, affordable, low-end starting center.
This is where Henson is right now. He's able to finish at the rim from all angles and knock down the short-to-mid-range jumper when open. Dalembert is also an excellent rebounder and shot-blocker because of the space he takes up on the interior.
Henson can make a career based on his current capabilities. For starters, his measurements are off the charts. He sports a 7'5'' wingspan and 9'4'' standing reach, the longest in his class which includes Anthony Davis. With this type of length and coordination, loose balls are going to find Henson.
If Henson extends his comfort level out to 18 feet from the rim, we could be looking at another version of Marcus Camby in his prime.
When Camby was a stud with the Knicks and Nuggets, he conquered more than just the paint. He had scoring instincts. Camby was able to pop out to 18 feet and knock down jumpers and fly in from the perimeter for mesmerizing tip-in dunks. He let his motor, length and athleticism take over games on both sides of the ball.
Henson has already shown he can score at the high post, and we've seen glimpses of the face-up jumper that made Camby such a multidimensional threat.
We've also seen that Henson can rebound like Camby, who averaged double-digit rebounds in 11 seasons.
Neither player has much bulk, but they have length and skills that they know how to use.
Between his physical tools, offensive talent, rebounding and shot-blocking instincts, Henson has a shot at being a heavily coveted player the way Marcus Camby was in his heyday.
Whether Henson turns out to be Samuel Dalembert or Marcus Camby, the Milwaukee Bucks have an excellent young player. Fans should be looking forward to him becoming a big part of the offense and a core member of the nucleus moving forward.
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