Not a lot of upside but upside
OK everyone I know were not all Xavier Henry fans, but lets take a step back. Despite being slightly undersized, SF is a perfect position for him. He can get to the free throw line, can handle the ball well for a SF, can get to the rim easy for a SF, and he has a lot of upside. I know he is a hard worker, but this past year was hard for him. SO, if he plays admirably well this season at SF, I can see us not picking up his option but doing a Jason Smith, turning it into another contract. But in this case, it would be cheaper. Thoughts?
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Not a lot of upside but upside
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I think that his last chance in this league is at SF. He has underperformed considerably at SG. Much like Aminu, this is his last chance to turn it around before grabbing the bust lable. However, most people arn't nearly as optimistic about X. I am one of those people.
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X just can't seem to consistently hit the open shot. I don't have much faith in him anymore.
I don't understand the X hate. Last year was his rookie year, and he did well IMO - especially considering he was only 20 years old. He can shoot the 3 - over 41% last year (less than a shot per game, but still), so I don't understand why people don't think he can. He did well in summer league for those that actually watched the game. Did he set the world on fire? No. But he played well and did so in spite of an injury that required surgery immediately after summer league ended.
The kid just turned 21, and this will be his 2nd year in the league, so I don't understand the hatred. Some people need to pump the breaks and remember that he needs time. Am I saying he is going to set the world on fire? No. I'm not. But it's possible. The point is that we just don't know yet because he is only 21, so chill.
And by the way, SF is definitely his best position, IMO.
X will avg 14 ppg this season and become fan favortie with his happy face and loveable free throws.
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I think he can be a solid player, he needs to work on that jumper and continue to play hard on both ends of the floor. I'm not giving up on a 21 years old guy who has struggled with injuries on his first years in the league. These injuries kept him from accumulating significant minutes on the floor. X had earn a starting spot with the Grizz in his first year.
I think X has a chance this year at SF ! It's on him ! He has some upside let's not forget that, and Monty is his coach.
Do I need to add that I'm a fan of X? Lol
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I wouldn't count playing in 38 games missing the entire season, but he missed significant time. And He attempted 17 3s, that isn't enough to justify the 41%, he cant "shoot the 3". He shot around 21% from their the year before.
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I'm really excited about X. He is one of the big reasons I'm a Hornets' fan. I'm expecting big things from the guy. Wouldn't be surprised if he turns it on and steals the starting SF position.
The fact of the matter is that Henry can get to the rim with ease, and he can hit the open 3. He can play defense, and he is a very good rebounder for his size (likely because he is so strong and smart on the floor). If you watch him on the court, you can tell that he has a very good basketball I.Q. as well. There is a lot to like about him.
Give it some time. Monty singled him out in summer league as part of our young core moving forward, and he stopped playing Ariza towards the end of last season to get Henry (and Aminu) more minutes.
I've watched X too and I disagree. I saw hesitation, no confidence and an overall lack of a distinctive skill set. Below average at everything is the label I would throw his way at the end of last season without looking at a single stat.
However maybe he'll get better next year. I will hold off judgement on him for one more year, but another year like last and I'd imagine he finds a home in the D League, personally.
I will never understand how a "shooter" like Henry comes into the league can completely forget how to shoot. We're talking about every single category including Free Throws. It's one of the stranger things I've seen.
I wouldn't exactly say that, more like he can barrel into a defender near the rim and throw up a prayer with ease. He's too slow to get around anyone so his drives become very predictable. It did get him quite a few free-throws in summer league though.Originally Posted by nolaslim213
I like the guy and was hoping the Hornets would draft him two years ago, but even though he's still young I don't see him improving much. Hopefully he'll prove me wrong!
Gradually in there sophomore year you can tell if they have potential or what.. Xavier didn't show much potential imo.
While on the same note grevis shows a lot of potential in becoming a solid player.
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