Is Scoot Henderson a surefire superstar or a consolation prize?

Scoot Henderson NBA Draft (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Scoot Henderson NBA Draft (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

The existence of Victor Wembanyama has caused the media to place Scoot Henderson on the backburners, but if this were a different year, he’d be the number-one pick. Henderson plays for the NBA G League Ignite and has dominated the league with his scoring and passing ability. He has shown he is the perfect modern-day point guard.

Scoot Henderson is NBA Ready

Henderson is a long 6’4″, weighs 195 pounds, and is as good of an athlete as there is in this Draft. He has young Russel Westbrook explosiveness and has had his fair share of poster dunks throughout the season.

While his three-point shot could use work, his midrange pull-up has been very consistent, and he’s very comfortable coming off screens and popping his feet into his smooth midrange jumper. Henderson averages  19 points per game, and scoring seems natural for him.

Although Henderson can get a bucket at will, that might not be his best attribute; Henderson has excellent vision and playmaking ability that scouts love. He averages 6.1 assists per game and notched a career-high 16 assists in a win over Santa Cruz.

He’s very creative, thrives in the pick and roll, understands how to manipulate defense schemes with the pass, and constantly sets his teammates up for open looks.

Henderson is a fiery competitor that doesn’t shy away from the moment and is a natural leader on the court. His competitive spirit also translates to high energy and effort on the defensive end, making him one of the complete prospects in the Draft.

Playing against NBA-ready players over the last two years has allowed him to get a feel for the speed and physicality of the next level, and Henderson should fit right in with the face paced style of the NBA.

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The sky’s the limit for this young star, and NBA GMs shouldn’t worry if they miss out on the Wembanayama sweepstakes. Henderson will be a star in his own right.