John Henson
John Henson
29-Year-Old CenterC
Detroit Pistons
GTD
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 7/31/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Henson suffered a torn ligament in his left wrist in mid-November and ended up missing the remainder of the season following surgery. Through 14 appearances with the Bucks, he posted averages of 5.6 points (46.3 FG%, 35.5 3P%, 60.0 FT%), 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.8 threes, 0.8 blocks and 0.5 steals in 13.4 minutes per game. While he drained 11 threes compared to only one in his first six seasons combined, he finished the campaign with a career-low scoring average and a career-worst field goal percentage. Moreover, he also saw his lowest allotment of minutes since his rookie year. The dip in field-goal efficiency can largely be attributed to his willingness to step out beyond the arc, as 2.2 of his 4.8 shot attempts per game came from downtown. On the Cavaliers, Henson will be competing for minutes with the likes of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr. and Ante Zizic. Barring trades or injuries, there's little reason to enter 2019-20 with big expectations for Henson. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Bucks in October of 2015. Traded to the Cavaliers in December of 2018. Traded to the Pistons in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

John Allen Henson was born in 1990 in Greensboro, North Carolina to Matt and Annette Henson. His father played college ball at Norfolk State University while younger sister Amber went to Duke University. Henson attended Round Rock High School in Texas for his first three years before transferring to Sickles High School in Tampa, Florida. In that senior season, he averaged 17.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, and an unbelievable 6.1 blocks on the way to a 10-0 league record and a spot in the regional semis. Henson was named a 2009 McDonald's All-American and Parade First-Team All-American along with being invited to play at the Nike Hoop Summit. He has served as an ambassador for Up2Us Sports, a non-profit that provides youth with coaching and development assistance. You can follow Henson on Twitter (@Johnhenson31) and Instagram (@johnhenson31).

College/International Summary

Henson appeared in 37 games for the Tar Heels during his freshman season in 2009-10, averaging 5.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while splitting time between small forward and power forward. He was a full-time starter by his sophomore season, improving significantly in both scoring (11.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg). Henson also led the ACC in blocks with 118, which was also good for third in the country. He was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to gaining second-team all-ACC honors. Henson's numbers held steady his senior year, as he set a career-high in scoring (13.7 ppg) to go along with 9.9 rpg and 2.9 bpg. He was again named ACC Defensive Player of the Year but also earned first-team all-ACC honors. Henson elected to forego his final year of eligibility and was selected 14th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Out 'about a week'
CDetroit Pistons
Ankle
March 10, 2020
Henson (ankle) is expected to miss roughly a week due to a sprained ankle, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
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Henson had started the last six games at center, but he'll likely cede the position to Thon Maker for the next two games. Looking ahead, the Pistons play Wednesday and Saturday of this week, so Henson figures to miss both of those contests before a potential return next Tuesday (March 17) against Orlando or next Friday (March 20) against Golden State.
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2019

Henson began the 2019-20 season with the Cavaliers. He appeared in 29 games with the team, averaging 5.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 14.2 minutes. He shot 50.8 percent from the field, 19.4 percent from three and 51.5 percent from the free-throw line. Feb. 6, he was traded to the Pistons. With Detroit, Henson appeared in 11 games, averaging 6.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.1 minutes. He shot 66.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three and 46.2 percent from the free-throw line. Henson set single-game season highs of 12 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks, five assists, two threes and two steals. He had one double-double. Arguably his best overall performance occurred Feb. 23 against the Trail Blazers. In 23 minutes, Henson recorded eight points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

2018

During the 2018-19 season, John Henson played in 14 games. On Nov. 16, the Bucks realized that Henson required surgery and would miss a large number of games. Henson's left wrist had suffered a torn ligament. It was initially hoped that Henson would miss 12 weeks, with a possible return during the All-Star break. Then, on Dec. 7, Henson and teammate Matthew Dellavedova were traded to Cleveland. Despite February rehab, Henson was unable to play for Cleveland. Through his 14 appearances with the Bucks, Henson posted averages of 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 three-pointers and 0.8 blocks in 13.4 minutes per game. Henson also drained 11 threes compared to only one in his first six seasons combined. The 6-foot-11 center shot an impressive 36 percent from behind the arc, though the sample size was small.

2017

Henson started a career-high 69 games for the Bucks in 2017-2018, appearing in 76 contests overall during the regular season. He averaged 8.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest, both of which were the second-highest marks of his career. Henson set a personal best in shooting percentage, hitting 57.2 percent of his shots from the floor. He would have finished eighth in the NBA in that category had he qualified. Henson also collected nine double-double during the year. His best game came on Feb. 4 at Brooklyn, when he notched 19 points and 18 rebounds in a 109-94 triumph. Both figures were season highs. Henson appeared in two playoff games for the Bucks. In terms of his postseason performance, the North Carolina native blocked six shots in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Boston. He tallied 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in Game 2, as well.

2016

Henson again entered the 2016-17 season with stiff competition for center minutes, but he ended up appearing in 58 games and logging a career-best 39 starts. The highlights started early, as Henson logged the game-winning basket in an Oct. 29 victory over the Nets. He also chipped in 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 21 minutes in that game. Not long afterward, Henson made his first start of the season Nov. 12 against Memphis, which began a streak of 34 consecutive games started. That stretch included a season-high 20-point effort Nov. 27 against the Magic, and he matched that mark three games later against the Nets. The Bucks hit a skid on Jan. 15, losing 10 of their next 11 games, which led to coach Jason Kidd shaking up the rotation. Henson's playing time became more inconsistent as a result, though he did make five more starts that season. Henson then suffered a sprained thumb March 21 against Portland, which forced a 10-game absence. He returned for the final two games of the regular season and was available on a limited basis in the playoffs. Henson saw 12 total minutes in Games 5 and 6 of the opening round of the playoffs before the Bucks were eliminated by the Raptors.

2015

Henson was set to enter the 2015-16 season on the final year of his rookie deal, but the Bucks signed him to a four-year extension prior to the preseason. He played 10 minutes in the season opener Oct. 28, but suffered an Achilles injury and was forced to miss the next four games. Henson bounced right back, however, scoring a season-best 22 points in a Nov. 6 victory over the Knicks. He recorded the first of three double-doubles that season later in the month, collecting 15 points and 11 rebounds Nov. 25 against the Kings. A few weeks later on Dec. 15 against the Lakers, Henson made his first and only start that season, tallying six points, four rebounds and four blocks. From Jan. 28 through March 13, Henson missed a total of 20 games due to back soreness. He returned for a productive final stretch, however, averaging 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds across 17.3 minutes during the team's last 15 contests. That series of games included Henson's second and third double-doubles of the season on March 25 and April 10, respectively. He also had his second-highest scoring effort March 26, scoring 19 points in a loss to Charlotte. Despite a slight dip in playing time this year, Henson's efficiency marks were right in line with his career averages. He continued to excel on the defensive end as well, posting a career-best 4.1 rejections per 36 minutes.

2014

While Henson made significant strides in his sophomore season in the NBA, he still entered the 2014-15 campaign in a tight competition for a starting role. The Bucks added multiple forwards in the offseason, signing center Zaza Pachulia in free agency and drafting power forward Jabari Parker with the No. 2 overall pick. Henson also had a new head coach to impress, with Jason Kidd stepping in for Larry Drew. Henson began the season as a reserve, but posted a career-high six blocks in the second game of the season Oct. 31 against the Sixers. His season hit a bit of a roadblock when he suffered a foot sprain Nov. 25, which ultimately caused him to miss 14 games. Henson returned and averaged 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds over a 28-game span, but the biggest improvement came on the defensive end. He recorded one or more blocked shots in a 20-game streak that started Jan. 6, and ended up finishing the season with a career-best 2.0 bpg average. That average was tied with Tim Duncan for the fifth-best mark in the league. Henson arguably did his best work in the playoffs, however. While the Bucks fell to the Bulls in six games, Henson averaged 8.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in the series, highlighted with a 15-point, 14-rebound effort in Game 3. His 14 total rebounds in Games 3 and 5 were the best marks of third NBA season.

2013

Henson built on a productive rookie season by averaging a double-double in Orlando Summer League, setting the stage to take another step forward in his sophomore campaign. A healthy Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova meant Henson would come off the bench to start the year, but that didn't stop him from making meaningful contributions. He scored 13 or more points in three of the season's first four games, picking up his first start of the year Nov. 6 against Cleveland. He had 14 points and nine rebounds across 39 minutes in that effort. Later in the month on Nov. 30, Henson re-entered the starting five, as both Sanders (thumb) and Ilyasova (hamstring) were sidelined. Henson went on to start the next 11 games, averaging 15.7 points and 10.7 rebounds over that stretch. That set of games also included his season-best scoring total of 25 points Dec. 10 against Chicago. He also put up 14 rebounds, six blocks and three steals in that matchup. Henson's season-best rebounding total of 17 also came that month in a Dec. 6 matchup against the Wizards. Henson missed seven games from Dec. 28 through Jan. 11 due to a lower-leg injury, but remained a rotation staple after returning. He also set a career high with six assists down the stretch in an April 5 game against Toronto. When it was all said and done, Henson appeared in 70 games (23 starts) and averaged career highs in scoring (11.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg).

2012

After three seasons at UNC, Henson declared for the 2012 NBA Draft and was selected 14th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. The former McDonald's All-American played 63 games, averaging 6.0 points and 4.7 rebounds under 13.1 minutes of play. Henson established categorical highs in rebounds (25), blocks (seven) and assists (three) on an Apr. 10 contest at Orlando that shortly moved him to the starting lineup near the campaign's end. He saved the best scoring performance of the year for last, providing 28 points during the Bucks' final season game against the Thunder on Apr. 17. Milwaukee went 38-44 to finish eighth in the Eastern Conference to cement the rookie his first playoff berth. While he averaged 8.3 minutes of postseason playing time, Henson did play a role during Game 1 of the First Round (six points, five rebounds and two steals) before No. 1 seed Miami eliminated the Bucks.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2012
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • October 1, 2015
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • December 7, 2018
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Milwaukee Bucks with Matthew Dellavedova, a 2021 1st round draft pick and a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for George Hill and a 2021 2nd round draft pick
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers with Brandon Knight and draft considerations to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Andre Drummond
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Henson started 69 of 76 appearances with the Bucks last season -- a role that he is highly unlikely to occupy this season due to the signing of Brook Lopez. Though Henson will presumably be the first man off the bench, that could fluctuate depending on Thon Maker’s development. To project Henson’s production, it may be best to look at his stats from 2016-17, when he saw 19.4 minutes per game. Then, he averaged 6.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. As a result, Henson should only be considered in deep Fantasy formats.
Despite being given a four-year, $44 million extension by the Bucks in October of 2015, Henson played just 16.8 minutes per game during the 2015-16 campaign and 19.4 minutes per game last season. While it seems likely the Bucks’ brass offered him the deal assuming he would continue to improve, the 26-year-old has shown little development as a player over the past few years, and has arguably gotten worse since signing the deal. In his somewhat limited minutes, Henson posted 6.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 58 appearances with the team – missing games via a combination of a thumb injury and coach’s decisions. Now, considering the seemingly set-in-stone role of Greg Monroe, the emergence of Thon Maker, and a trade bringing in Spencer Hawes, Henson’s route to consistent playing time seems muddier than ever. As a result, selecting the 6-foot-11 center in a Fantasy draft comes with significant risk, as his stock is seemingly as fluid as can be. If he’s available in the late rounds, he might be worth a flier considering his ability as a rebounder and shot-blocker, but coach Jason Kidd has shown little confidence in Henson’s potential as an everyday player.
Henson was handed a four-year, $44 million extension prior to last season, and the assumption was that his role would be enhanced accordingly. Instead, mainly as a byproduct of coach Jason Kidd’s reluctance to use him alongside starting center Greg Monroe due to the lack of shooting range of both players, Henson actually saw his playing time decline to 16.8 minutes per game over his 57 appearances. His averages of 7.0 points (on 56.4% shooting), 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 0.9 assists per game were quite impressive considering his light minutes, with his elite rim protection representing his greatest attribute. Though Monroe’s playing time took a slight hit in the second half of the season, Henson wasn’t really able to take advantage of the extra minutes available, as a back injury took him out of the mix for an extended stretch and opened up more time for Miles Plumlee at center. Though he doesn’t have a standout skill like Henson does with his shot-blocking ability, Plumlee clearly impressed Kidd with his two-way play, and was granted a lavish contract (four years, $52 million) of his own. The Bucks appear motivated to trade away Monroe, but until that materializes, Henson could struggle to see consistent minutes to begin the upcoming season while three centers remain in the mix. And even if Monroe is ultimately dealt, it seems likely that Henson and Plumlee will roughly split the duties at center, limiting the overall fantasy upside of both big men.
Entering his fourth NBA season, the 24-year-old Henson find himself the longest tenured member of the team, a fact that speaks volumes about the Bucks' commitment to change. Henson finished last season with averages of 7.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in just over 18 minutes per game (67 games). A pick-and-roll threat with a 7-5 wingspan, Henson is far and away Milwaukee's top rim-protector and volume rebounder, though Greg Monroe is a skilled rebounder as well. Henson's performance in Round 1 of the playoffs against the Bulls was enough to convince coach Jason Kidd that he's capable of handling a more significant role, but the addition of Monroe will again relegate Henson to the bench. Henson projects to serve as the primary backup at center, as Monroe will shift back to his natural spot after playing out of position in Detroit. The pair are unlikely to play together for more than a few minutes at a time, but given Henson's superior defensive abilities, he could very well find himself on the floor in clutch situations more often than Monroe.
Last season was supposed to be the year Henson came into his own as an NBA player. After an encouraging rookie season that included a few eye-popping stat lines, Henson was poised to push the struggling Ersan Ilyasova for the starting power forward role. However, despite an onslaught of injuries to Ilyasova, Larry Sanders, and plenty of others, Henson was never able to solidify a starting role. In 70 games, he finished 2013-14 with averages of 11.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 27 minutes per game. Prorated over 36 minutes, Henson's numbers come out to 15.1 points and 9.6 rebounds – a very respectable line for a young forward. The problem for Henson is going to be finding that type of playing time on a nightly basis. Sure, former coach Larry Drew's puzzling rotations are now a thing of the past, but how Jason Kidd will handle the North Carolina product's minutes remains to be seen. The Bucks have a glut of players in the frontcourt, and Henson will again find himself battling with more experience players for starter's minutes. He'll likely open in a similar role to last season as the first big man off the bench, but his role could significantly increase if the Bucks are able to move Ilyasova at the trade deadline or sooner.
The second year man out of North Carolina will look to build on a strong close to the 2012-13 season. His role was minimal for much of the year, but he emerged as a standout rebounder and solid interior defender when given the chance (see: 17 points, 25 rebounds, seven blocks on Apr. 10). Larry Sanders is deeply entrenched as the starting center, but it would not be a surprise if Henson pushed Ersan Ilyasova for the starting power forward spot at some point. Regardless, he should see his role increase dramatically compared to last season.
The Bucks’ first-round pick in this year's draft, Henson brings rare athleticism for a player his size. He figures to play a role off the bench, but he may miss the beginning of the season due to a knee injury and probably won’t be guaranteed minutes right away. Henson’s talent is apparent, so don’t be surprised if his playing time picks up over the course of the season.
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CDetroit Pistons
March 1, 2020
Henson produced 10 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 22 minutes during Sunday's 106-100 loss to the Kings.
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Enters starting five
CDetroit Pistons
February 25, 2020
Henson is starting Tuesday's game at Denver, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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Delivers quality line off bench
CDetroit Pistons
February 24, 2020
Henson finished with eight points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 23 minutes Sunday in the Pistons' 107-104 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Protects rim in loss
CDetroit Pistons
February 11, 2020
Henson finished with seven points (3-4 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds and three blocks across 17 minutes off the bench Monday in the Pistons' 87-76 loss to the Hornets.
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Efficient in team debut
CDetroit Pistons
February 9, 2020
Henson played 18 minutes off the bench and contributed 12 points (6-6 FG), four rebounds, one assist and one steal Saturday in the Pistons' 95-92 loss to the Knicks.
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