If there is one thing we all know about the Charlotte Hornets, it is that this team desperately needs to improve on the wing next year. The combination of Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist didn’t scare anyone last year as neither of them can shoot from long range. While Kidd-Gilchrist is still young, Henderson isn’t — so the Hornets need to make a decision on him. This offseason, the Hornets need to either trade Henderson or move him to the bench.
Over the last few years, Henderson hasn’t been a bad player for the Hornets at all. He has been their starting shooting guard for the last three years, and has career averages of 12 PPG and 3.0 RPG. Henderson excels shooting the mid-range jumper and can jump out the gym when cutting to the basket. The problem is he wasn’t much of a reliable option on offense.
While Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker were carrying the team on offense, they could have used more aggression from Henderson. When he got the ball, it was very easy to predict that all he would do is pass it to a teammate. The Hornets could have used another shot creator last season, and will be looking to add another one.
Henderson could work as a sixth man if he played more aggressive or has a decent backup point guard to set him up. He isn’t much of an off-the-dribble threat, but he could really excel as a guy who is constantly moving and has screens set for him in a Richard Hamilton-type mold. With Henderson on the bench, the Hornets could place a more dynamic shot maker into the starting two-guard spot.
Another option for the Hornets could be to trade Henderson in order to find the type of player that they’re looking for. Henderson isn’t a scrub, so he should have some value in the league. He is on the second year of his three-year $18 million contract, and the last year has a player option. If a good deal comes around, Henderson should be the one on the move for the Hornets.
This offseason, the Hornets will be making upgrades to their roster. Finding a solution at the shooting guard spot should be a top priority for the Hornets as Henderson simply isn’t the answer as a starter for this team to continue to get better in the long run.