Gerald Henderson doesn’t know who the Charlotte Bobcats will draft next month. Like anyone else, he’s simply interested in the player that’s going to blend in well with the current Charlotte lineup and help the Bobcats improve greatly from a 21-61 NBA season.
The Bobcats want to make sure they pick a player who will serve certain needs while also blending in well with the rest of the team. The team has outside perimeter strength with Henderson, but they could always use another exciting prospect who’s going to make the Bobcats even more dangerous around the perimeter.
But the Bobcats could use some help inside especially on defense.
If they pick second behind the Orlando Magic, the Bobcats may have that decision already made for them. But the next Bobcat coach has to realize what a valuable weapon he has in Henderson and how critical it will be to effectively blend the talent together for next season.
Henderson had his best season in 2012-13 by playing 31.4 minutes per game and averaging 12.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He shot 44.7 percent from the floor, 33 percent in threes and 82.4 percent in free throws. The second to last game of the season against the New York Knicks brought out the best in Henderson with 11-of-16 scoring from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line in 39 minutes for 27 points, five assists and three rebounds.
That’s the type of production the Bobcats need from Henderson more often. The talent they bring in to surround him will determine how close he comes to accomplishing this on a regular basis.