Year-In-Review | Gerald Henderson
72 G | 23.2 MPG | 9.2 PPG (42.4 FG%) | 35.3 3FG% | 61 3FGM | 80.6 FT% | 2.6 RPG | 1.6 APG
• Based on the volume of minutes he played, Henderson turned in one of the most efficient offensive seasons of his career. In particular, he continued to exhibit progress from the perimeter. He his total number of 3-pointers made for an eighth straight year, finishing the campaign with a personal-best 61 triples. Henderson also equaled a career-high with a 35.3 3-point percentage.
• Henderson held down the Sixers’ starting two-guard spot for his first 29 games of the season. Upon returning to action from a three-game absence in late December, the 29-year old willingly accepted a role off the bench, and continued to provide steady, valued output. Often times, despite not starting, the Sixers would turn to Henderson late in games for his veteran reliability. During a season-in-review press conference, Bryan Colangelo praised Henderson’s leadership, saying the Episcopal Academy product was “terrific, and gave us a lot.”
• Henderson has been no stranger to left hip soreness over the course of his career, but the issue seemed to intensify in the final week of December, while the Sixers were in Utah. For the better part of the second half of the season, Henderson’s minutes were closely monitored by the Sixers’ medical staff, and he was typically held out of either the first or second games of back-to-back sets. “It’s tough getting through an 82-game season,” Henderson said, “but our medical staff and trainers have helped me so much.”
One of Henderson’s signature offensive options is, no doubt, the stepback baseline jump shot, which, while being guarded by the sizable Zaza Pachulia, the Duke product put to use successfully at Golden State in the sequence shown below. Henderson scored 22.4 percent of his points this season on mid-range 2’s, more than any other Sixer.
As mentioned above, Henderson enjoyed his strongest season to-date in terms of 3-point shooting. His confidence in his outside stroke was evident early in the campaign, when he canned a clutch triple in an eventual overtime loss to Indiana.
Henderson delivered the first of two 20-point games this season January 25th at Milwaukee. He came up with some key fourth-quarter contributions in helping the Sixers erase a 6-point first-quarter deficit to the Bucks, en route to a 114-109 victory.
Statement for the Summer:
“Getting my body back, ready to play a full season, that’s most important to me. I’ll be in the gym working on my game, my 3-point shooting, same old. I think it’s a long summer, you don’t want to kill yourself, but at the same time you need to improve. The place to do it is [at the Sixers’ training complex.”