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Scoot Henderson

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HT/WT/WS6' 2", 195lbs

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Leif Thulin
u/pistoleif

#2

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Overview: Scoot Henderson has a unique blend of speed and power that he uses to create for himself and others when going to the rim. His burst is top notch, and he has honed his craft in the past two seasons in the G league. Henderson may not be the most popular archetype of player right now as a not very tall ball dominant guard, but he is the closest thing to prime Derrick Rose that we have seen. He explodes to the rim, can hit shots from the midrange and is improving from deep, and against grown men averaged over 6 assists per game capitalising on his speed and attention the defense must pay him. Henderson has enormous hands that allow him to contort in the air and finish in many ways as well as zip passes out with either hand. He can improve in time as a true pick and roll orchestrator with a good roll man but his ability to bend the defense with his speed and relentless rim attacks and similarly to Ja Morant or prime Rose, I think his speed will provide him a cushion to have more space and Scoot could become a good shooter that punishes defenders for going under screens against him. Henderson is a can’t miss prospect I believe is the 2nd best in the class and will be a hot commodity to trade up to get as the Hornets and Blazers explore the trade market. Henderson could easily become a franchise player for a team. I believe he is being underrated at this point in time.

Strengths: Explosive athlete with the ball. Impressive handles getting where he wants vs pros. Switches up speeds nicely to truly show the wild burst Aggressive downhill but plays under control Wise beyond his years Enormous hands. Knows how to run and score pro style pick and roll 45% on pull up jumpers in 21-22 as an 18 year old. Many games with over 10 assists.

Weaknesses: Must improve his shot. 33% off the catch. Only 58% at the rim. Floater can improve. Can rely on mid range pull ups too heavily. Can become faster making passing reads. Swing Skills: Should Scoot Henderson get handed the reins to a team, I think he is entirely good enough to be a franchise player of the ilk of Ja Morant but with more individual scoring skill entering the NBA at a younger age. I expect a team with Scoot running the show would play fast and with space and he could average 26 and 7 easily in time. He must refine his shot chart and work on developing a floater to counter defences he will see. If he can get a reliable floater and a 3 to hit when players go under the screen, Scoot will command so much attention and distribute to teammates, he will be an all nba offensive player. His height isn’t great for defense but the wingspan and strength makes me optimistic he can be a two way superstar. All NBA upside.



Analysis done by @pistoleif. View their full  draft big board and scouting reports here.
1# Kid Rock Fan
u/1_kid_rock_fan

#6

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Who names there kid fucking scoot, I don’t care if it’s a nickname it’s sounds fucking stupid, anyways, clearly he is good, amazing handles, but the nickname or actual name is concerning.



Analysis done by @1_kid_rock_fan. View their full  draft big board and scouting reports here.
string proofs
u/bigtiddygothchi

#5

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Strengths

  • fast

  • one of the most jacked 19 y.o. prospects I've seen,

  • complicated scoring bag

  • decent passing, elite but not super elite (1.9 Assist/TO ratio)

Weaknesses

  • a point guard that isn't a proven scorer (47% from 2)

  • shot <30% from 3 across 2 seasons

  • shot ~42% from midrange in 22-23

NOTE: Henderson played like a monster in Nov-Dec 2022, but he had horrible shooting splits in 2023.



Analysis done by @bigtiddygothchi. View their full  draft big board and scouting reports here.
PAOLO IS GOATED
u/MohidHassan

#2

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Tier: #1 Caliber

Player Comparisons: Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose

Scoot Henderson is arguably the best guard prospect of the past decade. If Scoot Henderson was in a draft that didn't contain a generational prospect, he'd be far and away the consensus #1 overall pick. However, thanks to Victor Webanyama, Scoot Henderson gets to be perhaps the greatest consolation prize of all time. No team can be mad about adding a guy like Henderson to their team. He's explosive and extremely fast and flashy. He's a great athlete who's got elite driving ability like prime Russell Westbrook or MVP Derrick Rose. However, one of his very few weaknesses is his 3-point shot as he shot 17% from 3 last season with the G-League Ignite.



Analysis done by @MohidHassan. View their full  draft big board and scouting reports here.
Brett Bischel
u/brettbischel

#6

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-----Age:19.4 / Fr
Minutes:30.7
Pts:16.5 ↑
Reb:5.4
Ast:6.5 ↑
Blk:0.5
Stl:1.1
TO:3.5 ↓
PF:3.3 ↓
PER:13.5 ↓
ORat:98.0
DRat:122.0
3pt:27.5% ↓
2pt:46.5% ↓
FT:76.4%
  • The NBA G League is the NBA's minor league basketball organization.

  • #11 G-League Assists Leader

  • Ranked 425 out of 464 total players Defense rating in G League (122.0) (2022-23) ↓↓

  • Only shot 40% as the PnR ball handler.

  • Bottom 16 percentile at finishing at the rim. Missed 6 of 22 dunk attempts.

  • Henderson's G League Ingnite team won 11 and lost 21 (0.344) in the 2022-23 season.

  • Henderson did not return for the remainder of the season after a nasal fracture and concussion.

  • Did not participate in pre-draft NBA combine.

  • * Worked out for the Portland Trail Blazers.



Analysis done by @brettbischel. View their full  draft big board and scouting reports here.
QDI
u/jryte

#2

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Bio: G League Ignite, February 3, 2004 (19), 6’2”, 196 lb, Combo Guard

Stats:

Strengths:

  • Athleticism

  • Off the dribble burst

  • Change of pace

  • Scoring

  • Passing

Weaknesses:

  • Decision Making

  • Shooting consistency (doesn’t have bad mechanics)

  • Somewhat turnover prone

Rundown:

Scoot is an amazing point guard prospect that has potential to be quite special. His athleticism and explosion pop off the screen immediately. He will fit right in with the Jas, Jadens, and the Shaedons of the NBA. When he decides to go downhill, good luck stopping him. If he can iron out his shooting, decision making, and consistency problems, he can become an all star.

Shades of: Prime John Wall



Analysis done by @jryte. View their full  draft big board and scouting reports here.
Raw Hoops
u/RawHoops

#2

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19.4 year-old 6'2 PG. Offensive initiator. With unreal burst and explosiveness, Scoot can do it all offensively, scoring at all 3 levels and setting his teammates up with his passing. He would go first overall in most other drafts. Outside of some question marks around his shot, Scoot is an incredibly well-rounded prospect that has clear potential to be a franchise point guard.

Strengths:

++++First Step

+++Athleticism

++Finishing

++Handles

+Playmaking

+Shooting

Weaknesses:

--Shot IQ

-Defensive IQ

-Decision Making

-Height

Shades of:

Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose

Ceiling: Hall of Fame, 2-Way Sharpshooting Facilitator

Floor: Starter, Hyper-Athletic Gadget

Team Fit:

Scoot is a tier above anyone after him as a prospect, and is a near lock to be the 2nd overall pick by any team. He best fits with a team that has room for a face-of-the-franchise lead guard. The ideal backcourt pairing for Scoot is a tall off-ball defensive guard.

Best fits within range: San Antonio, Houston, Orlando, Utah, Washington,



Analysis done by @RawHoops. View their full  draft big board and scouting reports here.
CouchScout
u/CouchScout

#2

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Man Scoot is a fun prospect to watch. That combination of vertical athleticism and elite slashing ability put him up there with the most fun prospects to watch in recent history. His development as a playmaker and shooter have been very encouraging, and it is pretty easy to project Scoot as the #2 guy in this class right now.

Best team fits: Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz



Analysis done by @CouchScout. View their full  draft big board and scouting reports here.
jbb
u/jbb

#2

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It’s weird, considering how great of a prospect he is, for him to be the number two overall pick. This kid is real legit. The only place I can start when talking about Scoot is his best attribute which makes him such a tantalizing prospect; his athleticism. He is so explosive and can get to the basket so quickly. His first step is insane, and it reminds me of the mold of players like Rose, Morant, Westbrook, etc. He’s a very functional athlete and plays with great pace. What’s also so impressive about his athleticism is how good he is vertically. He’s got an insane vertical and can get off the ground really fast with little load up time. This combination of quickness and vertical leaping is very rare. His vertical allows him to be a great shot contestor and shot blocker. However, the defense only gets murkier from here. He makes better reads off ball and is improving there, seperation him from the quick guards by being nice off ball, while Morant and Westbrook are famously poor and lost off ball. He does struggle getting around screens and with screen navigation in general. He doesn’t always make great reads and gets caught on screens frequently. He fouls a ton trying to go for a steal. He’s pretty small at 6’2 but makes up for that with an impressive 6’9 wingspan. A +7 wingspan is extremely promising for his future defensive prospects.

Shifting to the other side of the ball, Scoot is amazing offensively at getting to the bucket. He is a wrecking ball when he decides to get to the bucket, but he settles for mid ranges very frequently. His touch near the rim is elite and he can finish through contact very well. He can make difficult finishes with either hand consistently. Not only does he have an insane first step, but he also has a deadly hesitation dribble which makes him an elite slasher, and he can potentially become one of the best slashers ever.

Believe it or not, his athletic tools open up even more for his game. He’s deadly in transition, making great passing reads and finishing at the rim on bigger defenders. He’s smart with the ball and takes care of it. This level of IQ on offense is rare and translates over to playmaking as well, where he excels. He makes reads quickly and has great versatility when it comes to passes he has to make. He can skip pass well and thread the needle. He’s also very careful with the ball not to turn it over. This playmaking makes him a true point guard, whereas if he had bad playmaking ability, he may have been forced to be a small 2 like Collin Sexton.

The main flaw in Scoot’s game is his outside shot. In 2022, Scoot shot an abysmal percentage from 3, but he’s turned it up this year. He’s shooting double the attempts and converting on 47% from treys. Due to Scoot having an amazing mid range jumper (which he settles for too much), there’s reason to believe that his long range jumper could come around. If it does, he’ll be one of the best players in the NBA and possibly a future MVP of the league.

Scoot is special. He’s got an amazing physical profile of insane leaping ability, elite quickness, and change of direction. He also has great vision and an amazing playmaking ability. While his shooting is a major flaw, his mid range is lethal and he is an amazing slasher. He’s got lots of physical tools on defense, and he could become a great defender if he gets more disciplined. Overall, Scoot is a special prospect that would be the number one overall pick in most other drafts and will be an extremely fun player to watch for seasons to come.



Analysis done by @jbb. View their full  draft big board and scouting reports here.
Generic Person
u/amfueg0367

#2

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In almost every other year Scoot Henderson would be the number one pick. He is seen by many as another generational talent and the best point guard prospect in years. His physical profile in terms of strength and athleticism is what really stands out. He’s truly an elite talent and will come in right away as a top 1% athlete. Although he does have a smaller stature at 6’2”, he definitely imposes a kind of physical dominance on the court. He loves to throw it down on the rim. Scoot can ride up over anyone including Victor Wembenyama who he wasn’t afraid to challenge at the hoop in their lone matchup back in October of last year. He’s going to be one of the shiftiest guards in the league right away in the way that he can read the floor and is able to weave through defenders so easily. Due to his skill, athleticism, and experience, he won’t have problems on the often chaotic NBA floor. In the league, he will probably work better due to better spacing and shooting around which will give him more room to work. Scoot is really special in transition due to that rare athletic ability. His burst makes him unstoppable when he gets a head of steam and charges downhill. He can blow past anybody he needs to in order to get to the rim. He is definitely one of the grittiest players we have seen in the past few draft cycles which is a really impressive sign of progression for a teenager playing in a professional league. That leader and toughness quality is extremely important for the success of lead guards because of the way they are expected to rally their team. As for his skill set, Scoot is a very intelligent and mature player. Scoot has great instincts when figuring out what to do with the ball and decision-making. He’s a very smart cutter and playmaker and has a nice handle which makes him very deadly as an on-ball creator. He really looks to spread the ball around and is an overall very unselfish player. He distributes well in the pick and roll which has been a big improvement for him. Last year he was a little sloppy and would cause turnovers when trying to kick it out but this has changed. He has gotten better with tighter spaces and passes. His main offensive weakness is his shooting. It’s clear he's been inspired by other players with similar archetypes to himself like Russell Westbrook. He likes to pull up a lot in the mid-range which can be a nice way of getting offense but if it’s inefficient it can be one of the worst shots in the game. He started off the year shooting these shots strong but that has slipped as time has gone on. Scoot needs to improve upon his shot tendencies if it isn’t worked on it could be detrimental to his game. He has better touch than a lot of the guards that suffer from this but it’s still scary. I would like him to keep practicing his range and to use the newfound experience to diversify his shot chart as he gains reps and is able to step out. As time goes on it’s easy to project him as shooting an average percentage on above-average volume but this isn’t a lock. To really be the whole package that a team can build a heliocentric offense around, he’s going to have to provide better shooting numbers and cut down on the sloppy mistakes. He does pose enough of a threat to somewhat deter defenders from sagging off of him due to apprehensiveness about giving him space, but it's often easy to suspect and infer that he is looking towards driving to the basket. The shooting hopefully does come with time and experience as a perimeter creator in the future. I also think that it isn’t completely fair to judge his shot too harshly due to poor percentages in a grown man’s professional league as a 17/18-year-old. On the defensive end of the ball, many would think of him as a weaker defender at first glance because of his size but due to his tenacity and overall work ethic, this is not the case. Scoot has a pretty strong and built frame which allows him to not get overrun or bullied by his opponents on the perimeter when they attempt to get to the rim. His agility and focus keep him competent and he definitely doesn’t project as a liability in any sense but I wouldn’t have expectations of him being a great defender. Like many other high-usage guards the toll and burden of putting effort in on offense will most likely be too much for him to maintain elite-level defense or anything close to that. It’s going to be really interesting to his career trajectory as a player who played in the G-League two years before getting drafted. Although his immense talent will most likely override any likely pre-draft segway into the league, it will be worth noting how it prepares him right away. Some are worried about how his poor shooting percentages and turnovers will translate and worsen in the league, but I wouldn’t. He’s a very smart and athletic player that can come in as an immediate franchise cornerstone while still possessing the upside to be an elite point guard. He can work on and off of the ball effectively enough to be an organization changer for any team that lands at that coveted number two spot in the draft.



Analysis done by @amfueg0367. View their full  draft big board and scouting reports here.