Charlotte’s long, painful, hard-to-watch 7-59 season has been over for quite some time.
Our “Bobcats Player Grades” series ends today.
You guys voted Henderson Charlotte’s best player in Roberto Gato’s monthly poll (just made that term up, so look for a new poll starting June 1st), so I decided to save the best for last.
Henderson played almost 36 minutes a game this year, so, for once, I’m going to stay away from using “per 36 minute” numbers.
The former Dukie scored 15.1 points, dished out 2.3 assists and shot 46 percent from the floor.
His true shooting percentage (takes into account threes and free-throws) was a career high 51 percent.
Henderson didn’t shoot too many threes, and when he did, they didn’t go in; his three-point percentage was just 23 percent. To me, this is the biggest flaw in his game. Starting shooting guards have to be able to hit long jumpers and stretch defenses for their teammates to get good looks within the flow of the offense.
He did manage to get to the line almost four times a game, though, and shot freebies at a 76 percent clip.
Another failing grade… Who would’ve thought?
Henderson was no better than most of his teammates on the defensive end of the floor; His defensive rating (points produced allowed per 100 possessions) was 112, he averaged less than one steal and one block per game, and he had a defensive win share (wins contributed by a players defense) of 0.2
Henderson was a safe ball handler in 2012, turning it over 1.8 times per game.
He also committed less than three fouls and grabbed four rebounds per game, and finished the year with a PER just under the league average at 14.
The Bobcats extended Henderson’s contract mid-season, so he’ll have a few more years to improve and show Charlotte just what he can become.
He needs to get better defensively and at shooting threes. If he works on one thing offensively this off-season, it has to be his ability to stretch the floor.
Right now he probably wouldn’t be a starting two-guard on most NBA teams. But, if he adds an effective three-point shot to his arsenal, he has the athleticism and talent to be a productive, fringe-All-Star type of player.