Houston Rockets: 10 Bigs the Rockets could possibly target

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10. John Henson

John Henson has been a solid rotational big over the course of his eight years in the NBA, as evidenced by his career averages of 13.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per 36 minutes. The 6-foot-9 North Carolina product has the size to defend power forwards and/or centers, which would be a welcome addition for a Rockets team lacking size.

After playing for the Milwaukee Bucks for the first seven years of his career, Henson was sent packing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade during the 2018-19 season, although the 29-year-old didn’t play a single game for the Cavs during that season. This season has been a bit different, as he’s played in 21 games for Cleveland, although he’s been used sparingly, as evident by the 13.1 minutes per game, which are his fewest minutes since the 2012-13 season.

In spite of that, Henson is having his second-best season from a player efficiency standpoint, as his PER is 18.2, which would rank fifth on the Houston Rockets this season. Not only that, Henson has been beyond useful on the offensive end, as shown by his career true shooting percentage average of 55.5 percent.

Henson is shooting 51.2 percent from the floor, and his per 36 average of 3.1 blocks per game this season is his highest since the 2015-16 season. Not only that, he’d rank first on the Houston Rockets in that category this season as well.

From a contractual standpoint, the Rockets would need the Cavs to buy him out, which seems like an option considering how his contract is set to expire at the end of this season. For how little the Cavs play him, it wouldn’t necessarily be a surprise if this were to happen.

The Rockets would face competition for his services if he did hit the open market, as he’s currently averaging 13.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per 36 minutes this season.

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