NBA Superlatives: Xavier Henry

Thursday, February 9, 2012
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

New Orleans second-year swingman Xavier Henry, who came to the Hornets in early January via a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, discussed his thoughts on the National Basketball Association recently. The 20-year-old is in his second season in the league after playing at the University of Kansas in college.

Most memorable moment in the NBA: “Playing against Kobe Bryant early in my rookie season. He had a bad game and they did a little write-up on me, so I was happy.”

Most memorable dunk in the NBA: “I caught an alley-oop pass from Zach Randolph and dunked on Jason Maxiell of Detroit.”

Most embarrassing moment in the NBA: “Running out of the tunnel while all of my Memphis teammates stayed behind for my first game. They tricked me by not following me out, so I ran out by myself. They did that to me twice.” [laughs]

Most surprising thing about the NBA as a rookie: “All of the traveling. You have to make sure you get your rest.”

Toughest player to face at his position: “Either Monta Ellis or Kevin Martin. Monta Ellis is really quick and really fast. Kevin Martin knows how to get to the free-throw line. He has all of these little tricks.”

Most underrated player in the NBA: “Sam Young of Memphis. He can score really well, but teams don’t take that into account, what he can do offensively. Also, Darrell Arthur of Memphis. He is really underrated and had a great season last year.”

Best uniforms in the NBA (besides the Hornets’): “I think Golden State’s new ones are really good.” Favorite road arena: “Madison Square Garden.”

Favorite road trip, based on the city: “Oklahoma City. It’s home for me.”