Scoot Henderson NBA Draft Profile – The Best Guard of the 2023 Draft Class

The 2023 NBA Draft is just around the corner, and it may be the best draft in recent years. Of course, most of the hype is around Victor Wembanyama, but there are other stand-out players, and the first among them is Scoot Henderson.

Some reports say that the point guard from NBA G League Ignite still hopes that his name may end up being called first at the 2023 NBA Draft, but if we take a better look at the draft order, he should be happy if he slips second or maybe even third on the draft board.

Scoot Henderson
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Scoot Henderson Draft Profile

Scoot Henderson Age: 19

Scoot Henderson Birth Date: February 3, 2004

Scoot Henderson Home Town: Marietta, Georgia

Scoot Henderson High School: Carlton J. Kell, Marietta, Georgia

Scoot Henderson Height: 6-2 (188cm)

Scoot Henderson Weight: 195 lbs (88kg)

Scoot Henderson Wingspan: 6-9 (205cm)

Scoot Henderson Team: NBA G League Ignite

Scoot Henderson Stats 2022-23: 30.7 minutes, 16.5 points, 6.8 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 42.9 FG%, 27.5 3PT%

Scoot Henderson Preview

Henderson had been waiting for his chance to make the next step to the NBA since he was a high school senior. He had plenty of Division 1 offers from schools like Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss, or Georgia, but instead, he chose to join the NBA G League Ignite on a 2-year, $1 million contract and the opportunity to hit the big league as soon as he becomes eligible. Many were questioning his decision since he could have just gone to college like most of the players his age, but here he is, projected to be among the top in his draft class.

Scoot Henderson Strengths

Henderson’s physical strength and the ability to finish at the rim are already on an NBA level. Many are comparing him to prime Russell Westbrook, which speaks enough of his potential. Henderson spent two seasons in the G League and had the ball in his hands most of the time. He is ready to be the prime offensive option immediately if that is needed by the team where he ends up. He has a reliable mid-range jumper, which we don’t see very often in the NBA today.

Scoot Henderson Weaknesses

Henderson’s athleticism is not questionable at all, but still, standing at 6-2 is a little short for NBA standards. If we add that he is a shoot-first point guard, many head coaches would not be very pleased with that from a rookie. Henderson’s shooting percentage from the last season in the G League is unacceptable in the NBA. Still, if he ends up with a team that would give him a chance to do what he does best, he may even finish as the Rookie of the Year.

Scoot Henderson Projection

Knowing that the No. 1 pick is already reserved for Victor Wembanyama, Henderson will most likely end up in the top three. The Charlotte Hornets, who have the second pick, are already packed on the point guard spot since they have Lamelo Ball and Terry Rozier. Given that, they may go with Brandon Miller. The Portland Trail Blazers hold the right to the third pick of the draft, and it will be no wonder if they trade Damian Lillard on draft night to open the starting point guard job for Henderson.

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