Scoot Henderson hails from G League Ignite, and the 19-year-old point guard is one of the most coveted prospects in the 2023 NBA Draft. Check out below for Scoot Henderson’s scouting report, NBA comparison, stats, highlights, draft ranking, and team fits. Other scouting reports can quickly be found on the Lineups 2023 Big Board or Final Mock Draft as well.
Scoot Henderson Scouting Report
Henderson decided to skip the traditional college route and honed his skills in the G League against professionals. He averaged 17.6 PPG, 6.6 APG, 5.1 RPG, and 1.2 SPG on a 44/32/75 shooting split. He memorably dueled Victor Wembanyama in October to the tune of 28 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds on 11/21 shooting. Scoot is one of the best point guard prospects in recent memory and likely would have gone 1st overall in a number of recent drafts.
Draft Age: 19.4
Team: G League Ignite
Strengths: Henderson isn’t in the same tier as the Thompson twins, but he’s a superb athlete that explodes to the basket while handling an immense amount of contact through impressive body control and strength. He has quick feet and can kick into top speed at any moment – his burst is a thing of beauty.
Henderson is a pick and roll savant that can either attack the basket or pull up for a jumper. He’s a talented passer that quickly makes advanced reads while misdirecting the defense. Plus, his isolation scoring should immediately translate against top NBA defenders. Overall, Henderson projects to be a dynamic lead scorer and playmaker with excellent athleticism and a 6’9” wingspan. He’s the next great point guard that may breach many All-NBA teams.
Weaknesses: His wingspan helps mask his height, but he doesn’t have ideal size at 6’4”. It’s not catastrophic in the slightest, but it’s assuredly not optimal. Henderson likely won’t be anything more than average on defense because he struggles with rotations and doesn’t anticipate action to a high degree.
Henderson’s biggest knock is three-point shooting; he wasn’t efficient and had ugly misses at times. However, I believe in his form, and his release time isn’t slow. Plus, Henderson’s degree of difficulty naturally drops his percentages. Overall, Henderson won’t be a Damian Lillard or Anfernee Simons in terms of three-point shooting, but it’s reasonable he rounds into a 36-37% shooter.
Scoot Henderson Stats
Scoot Henderson NBA Comparison
There’s a lot of Donovan Mitchell in Scoot Henderson’s game. They are both explosive guards with long wingspans and a knack for manipulating the pick and roll to create driving lanes. Both can play on or off-ball effectively, and they are best when they get downhill attacking the rim. Mitchell is a superior three-point shooter, but Henderson has a slight playmaking edge.
I also see shades of De’Aaron Fox in terms of the rim pressure, ball handling, burst, excellent mid-range pull-up jumper, and three-point shooting questions entering the draft. Overall, a mix of Mitchell and Fox paints a solid picture of Henderson’s potential.
Scoot Henderson Highlights
Scoot Henderson NBA Draft Ranking, Team Fit, Landing Spot
Draft Ranking: Henderson ranks 2nd on my Big Board and sits alone in the second tier.
Team Fit: Henderson is best suited as the primary ball handler. While he can’t quite be classified as a combo guard, he does have the ability to play off-ball. Henderson’s best fit would be if the Toronto Raptors traded up to 3rd with Portland. Disqualifying trades, the Rockets at 4th would allow Scoot to take over point guard duties surrounded by a plethora of young talent.
Landing Spot: It’s extremely probable that Henderson is the 2nd or 3rd pick; if he falls to 4th, it would be shocking. Charlotte rosters LaMelo Ball, but he’s an outstanding catch-and-shoot threat that could cede possessions without losing effectiveness. Should Charlotte select Henderson 2nd, they would own one of the most promising backcourts in the league. Portland is shopping the 3rd pick, and Orlando or Toronto are threats to trade up. Both destinations would be excellent fits for Henderson’s skill set.