Over the summer I wrote an article about the #1 prospect in this upcoming NBA draft class, Victor Wembanyama. He still holds that position, as he has dominated this season for Metropolitans 92. Well, the #2 prospect in this group is a fantastic player as well. That player is Scoot Henderson of G-League Ignite.
Henderson plays point guard for Ignite, and he’s averaged 21.1 points, 6.2 assists, and 4.9 rebounds per game this season. He shoots 48.8% from the field, 38.2% from the three-point line, and 76.7% from the free-throw line.
At 6’2″, 195 lbs, he draws comparisons to prime Russell Westbrook. His 6’9″ wingspan will enable him to become a high-level defender at the next level.
Henderson is an insane dunker who will put anyone on a poster. He has an elite first step to the basket to pair with high-level quickness. He’s a slasher who’s looking to tear the rim down, like Westbrook.
He also is a great passer who makes everyone around him better. In this game against SCW, he dropped 16 assists. If a teammate is open, he’ll find him. Like Russ, he is a true distributor.
This is a video of Henderson finishing over the aforementioned Victor Wembanyama, who stands at around 7’2″ and is an excellent shot-blocker. This is where Henderson’s game departs from Westbrook’s; he has a certain nuance to his game that will push him farther than Russ.
Henderson has a deep bag. He can find his own shot, as he uses a lethal step-back to create space from Wembanyama. His use of the fadeaway is also a strong point of his game.
Overall, Scoot is an elite prospect. His physical profile, athleticism, and playmaking ability suggest he can have a prime Russell Westbrook-type impact on the game. He isn’t projected to be a great NBA shooter, but his slashing ability and shot-creating potential will make up for that. If he can find his way to a team that has players that space the floor, the sky is the limit. And even if he doesn’t, he still will get buckets for himself.