With Monta out of question let's look at what we have in Henderson. When you break it down, we actually are at a luxury right now with Gerald.
- EXCELLENT finisher under the rim. Whether it's dunk, layup, or drawing fouls, Hendo will convert when given the chance. He's excellent at splitting zones and attacking the rim
- GOOD jump shooter from mid range off the dribble. The guy shoots a good percentage off the dribble and creates his own shot very well.
- GOOD jump shooter with his back to the basket. His fader in the mid range is solid and he's shown to be a threat from there.
- AVERAGE jump shooter from mid range in a catch and shoot situation. Bobcats have run a curl play for Henderson that give him a catch, fadeaway jumpshot for years and he's been just about automatic in that situation but other than that he can't really catch and shoot
- BELOW AVERAGE long range shooter. By far the weak spot of his game, but he can still give you about a 3 a game, maybe less, but he knows not to shoot from there unless totally necessary. He still shoots 33% from long range which certainly isn't poor. Poor would be below the 30% mark.
Let's just put it this way. HoopData.com has a great set of defensive stat lines (which I know you guys hate, but this one's simple). It's called the defensive play stat (DEF), which combines a players Charges, Steals, and Blocks, and combines them into 1 number that tallys the number of great defensive plays per game that a player will make. As far as Shooting Guards go, the average DEF number is about 1.5 great defensive plays per game. Henderson in 12-13 was at 1.82, which is tied for EIGHTH in the NBA with Kirk Hinrich (who many people view as an excellent defender) and right behind Kobe Bryant (another excellent defender) and 2 spots below Thabo Sefalosha (who many people view as one of the best defenders in the league). Take that as you will.
I view Hendo as a great defender 1 on 1 with the ability to create a turnover and lock a player down to below their averages on offense.