For the first time in a long time, I really cannot complain about the Milwaukee Bucks first round draft choice. In fact, PF John Henson was exactly the player I was hoping they would chose. Henson was one of the most productive college players in the draft, and with a standing reach of 9’4”, he has incredible size (I think that’s near JaValle McGee, but I could be wrong).
Now, does this guarantee the Bucks added a productive successful player? No. But the Bucks certainly improved their odds by using what I would consider a sound philosophy: production over potential.
Henson does have some downsides, or at least some perceived downsides, I am sure. Otherwise he would not have fallen as far as he did. But again, he was one of the most productive players in the draft, and he produced his statistics against Grade One competition.
Three days ago, I was hearing that the Bucks were going to draft the Illinois stiff Meyers Leonard, which would have probably ended my lifelong Bucks fandom. Instead of making such a colossal mistake, the team made two astute moves. They acquired a proven big man in Samuel Dalembert, and they drafted a very intriguing first round PF in John Henson.
If you ask me, these have been two very impressive days for Bucks GM John Hammond. I’m sure a contingent of Bucks Nation will disagree vehemently with me, but we will see who is right next November.