Bucks take Henson with 14th pick in NBA draft
The Milwaukee Bucks, who swapped draft picks with the Houston Rockets in a trade this week that brought Samuel Dalembert to Milwaukee, used the No. 14 overall selection of the NBA draft on Thursday to take power forward John Henson out of North Carolina.
The Bucks gave Houston the No. 12 overall pick in the deal for Dalembert but may have got the player they would have chosen at No. 12 in Henson.
The 6-10 Henson is thin and athletic with amazing long arms, which helped make him an outstanding rebounder and shot-blocker. He averaged 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks as a junior and both of those numbers were down slightly from his sophomore season. He needs to add a lot of muscle to bang with NBA power forwards, and he does not have much of a perimeter game offensively, making it difficult to determine what position he will play in the pros.
“He makes up for (his lack of strength) in other ways,” Bucks scouting director Billy McKinney told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “When you look at his length and his ability to defend — how he uses his length to play off players and still be in good defensive position – he’ll get stronger in time. But I don’t think strength is a main priority when you’re evaluating a guy’s talent.
“I always hear people say, ‘The guy doesn’t have an NBA body.’ Arnold Schwarzenegger had one but he never played in the NBA.”
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