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Dec 20, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson (0) dribbles against Austin Spurs guard/forward Joe Wieskamp (15) during the fourth quarter at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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Scoot Henderson Has High NBA Potential

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With the 2023 NBA Draft around the corner, Scoot Henderson has proven to be a freak in the NBA. What does he have that others don’t?

 

Here are my five takeaways from his game. Let’s dive in!

 

  1. Henderson’s advantage of his small size

Scoot Henderson is a point guard standing at 6’2 with great athleticism. While most guards at his height tend to develop more of an outside game, Henderson takes advantage of his height by using his quickness to drive right down the lane for an easy layup or dunk.

Being able to outrun the bigger defenders, Henderson can get right to the basket without any issues. This makes him an offensive threat!

 

2. He doesn’t settle for contested shots

As we’ve seen from players like Victor Wembanyama, he takes a lot of contested long-distance shots. At his position, it’s considered a threat to be able to shoot three-pointers, but he should be in the low post.

Henderson plays smart with the basketball and understands that at 6’2 and 195 pounds, he does not have to settle for a shot. If Henderson can make shots, it doesn’t mean he should and by doing that, he gets high-quality looks from inside.

 

3. Henderson is scary at the rim

Scoot Henderson is an athletic point guard which means he’s able to get to the basket easily and with force! Henderson’s playstyle is similar to that of Derrick Rose. He doesn’t finish softly at the rim. Instead, he makes his presence around the rim known.

That poses a big threat to the defense because not only can he shoot 42.9% from the field, but he can do that with flare. It’s easy to watch, but scary to meet him face-to-face.

 

4. Henderson has a great passing ability

While talking about Henderson’s athleticism, don’t forget about his true point guard ability: the passing. Scoot spent the last season playing for the G League Ignite and averaging 6.6 Assists Per Game. He can easily fake a shot and pass the ball off, creating easy looks for his teammates.

With the size and quickness in his game, Henderson is already looking like a force, waiting for his time to shine!

 

5. Henderson has a good defensive presence

With a 6’9 wingspan, Scoot was able to get 1.1 Steals Per Game last season with the G League Ignite. He can put ball handlers in a flurry, especially players who work on the rolling side of Pick & Roll offense.

Trapping the ball handler or preventing ball movement with that big span is bound to be a useful tactic, especially during late-game situations.

 

Scoot Henderson has proven himself to be an NBA draft prospect with a lot of potential. He could be a star player within five years, but right now he’s destined to be a top-three draft pick.

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