Strengths and Weaknesses: The first thing that stands out with Henderson is that he's an efficient offensive player. Last season Henderson's shooting percentages of 44.7/33.0/82.4 were either career highs or just below career highs. Henderson was able to attack opposing defenses from all over the floor in 2013, shooting 57.6 percent at the rim and 43.7 percent (On 270 attempts, which is a legitimate sample) from between 16 feet out to the three-point line.
Despite not having great size, Henderson can be a decent defender, save for a few mental lapses. Henderson is capable of doing little things such as trapping defenders between himself and the baseline to form an unorthodox double team. When he's focused, he can be successful on that end, but he does space out from time-to-time.
Season Potential: Coming off a career year, he'll look to assert himself further as the starting shooting guard of the Bobcats. With just one other true shooting guard on the roster, Henderson should certainly be able to see more minutes at the position as long as he continues to produce like he did last year, or better. The only real way Henderson doesn't continue to play over 30 minutes at the two-guard spot is if he struggles and Jeffery Taylor plays so well that Steve Clifford decides to give Taylor some of his minutes to keep him on the court (because there's almost no way Kidd-Gilchrist's minutes are going to be cut into). Now, with Taylor currently entrenched as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's backup that would leave the team relatively thin at small forward-- which is far from ideal. So, unless we see some regression from Henderson and some serious progression from Taylor, Henderson should continue to see the big minutes at shooting guard.
Strengths and Weaknesses: What is there to really say about Ben Gordon? He doesn't defend well. Nor is he a proficient rebounder. And he sure doesn't contribute to an idea of effective ball movement as a passer. Sure, he averaged 11 points but it took him 10 shots per game to do so. Finally on a team like the Bobcats, is it really ideal to have this type of player using 27.8 percent of the team's possessions last season? That's over a quarter of the team's possessions, which is not good.
Well, then why is Ben Gordon and his $13 million dollar expiring contract still here? Because on a team generally void of shooters, Gordon still managed to shoot 38.7 percent from three and 84.3 percent from the line [also because no one in their right mind wanted to trade for a disgruntled player fighting with his coach and getting paid nearly a quarter of the salary cap in yearly salary - Ben]. Despite all of his shortcomings he still can make those ever-valuable three-pointers at a decent clip and doesn't leave easy points at the line.
Season Potential: Last season Gordon started as many games for the Bobcats as you and I combined: zero. I wouldn't expect that to change any time soon, either. Gordon also saw his minutes decrease last season, and with the apparent development of Taylor, it's entirely possible that his minutes could be reduced further. Perhaps it's the backup shooting guard minutes Taylor could wind up taking from Gordon as long as Henderson and Kidd-Gilchrist continue to improve. When he is on the floor, hopefully he is able to continue to be able to hit some threes and continue to cash in at the free throw line.
Just don't touch the fine China, Ben Gordon.
Position Depth: "C", as Carroll.
Sure, Henderson has emerged as a legitimate NBA shooting guard but all the things that make Ben Gordon Ben Gordon drop this down to a "C".