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.