Perfect fit: John Henson
Henson presents the Pistons with a low risk/high reward opportunity. At worst, he will be a defensive upgrade off the bench, and someone who should develop into a better-than-average rebounder once he fills out physically. He can pair with Monroe to become a fearsome defensive duo; both players are agile and coordinated. Henson also has significant offensive upside, improving each year at North Carolina as he developed strength and touch. He’s not a good shooter — yet — but he’s certainly improved in that area, as well.
My guess is he will end up being a solid shooter and someone who will be able to score consistently inside. The nice thing about Henson is that he does not have to be a big-time scorer to be a positive contributor for the Pistons. But he has the potential to be a legit 16-point, 10-rebound guy while also routinely being among the league leaders in blocks. He’s 21 with an 18-year-old’s body.
The Pistons have 20 minutes a game for him next season, at least, which would allow him to improve considerably as he continues to mature physically. As he, Monroe and Knight get another year or two of seasoning, considering their collective intelligence and high basketball IQ, they would form an excellent foundation to help the Pistons to return to the playoffs.
If the Pistons don’t move up in the lottery and none of the top-tier players fall, Henson already would’ve been my preference at No. 9. After reading this, I’m even more excited about him.