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Videos: Monty Williams and Eric Gordon Speak at Shootaround
Monty Williams talks about making shots and Eric Gordon sheds some light on his knee injury, plus a brief look at new Hornets guard, Xavier Henry.
Notes From Shootaround
- Trevor Ariza is out. Aminu make his first Hornets start as a result.
- Eric Gordon has been upgraded from day-to-day to questionable. He appears to feel better, and was shooting around during shootaround. Monty and he both said it’s a game time decision.
- Monty is worried about the team not making open shots, and also committing so many turnoverss
Notes from the acquisition of Xavier Henry from the Grizzlies
- Marc Stein is reporting that the Hornets are giving up a second round pick in the 2013 draft for the Grizzlies 12th pick from the 2010 draft.
- Henry stands at 6’6 and plays shooting guard.
- He can’t shoot.
- He doesn’t have a very good handle
- The bright side is that he’s only 20. Plus he’s athletic and with his sizehas the potential to be a very good defender and rebounder
- He can play with Vasquez to make up a back court composed of entirely ex-Grizzlies from the 2010 draft. Not many teams can say that.
Henry was an outstanding shooter.... Just not last year... He will improve... Good athlete with long arms... Hence the potential on D... He has the same demeanor as Gordon in that he didn't get emotional one way or another on the court... He lets his play do the talking... I had hoped for Xavier last year...
He seems a poor mans Ariza, defense minded SF who can play some SG. Glad to see fans accept future trades, my posts stating this get thumbs down, but they are coming regardless.
Think of the trades this way. The Hornets have acquired the 12th and 28th picks in the 2010 draft for the 26th pick of the 2010 draft and a 2013 second rounder. Based on draft history, Henry has about 6 times the chance of being a rotation player in the NBA than that 2013 2nd round draft pick. Vazquez and Pondexter are a wash. This is some nice work by Dell.
I think there is a possibility Trevor Ariza might get dealt before the trade deadline. Also, Belinelli might be on the trade block too.
I was told not to report to the Arena tonight due to possibly being traded to Detroit. With them even further north in Auburn Hills, I'm not sure how many games I'll make if that's the case. If they were at the Joe, maybe. The Palace . . . I'll probably just end up watching at the Bass Pro Shops on the way or something.
In brief our trade with the Grizzlies: Hornets acquire: Greivis Vasquez and Xavier Henry Grizzlies acquire: Quincy Pondexter and 2013 2nd round pick of Hornets Overall, looks like a fair trade. We give away two young players (1 unknown) in exchange for 2 young players. Here is my take on our recent roster changes: Financially: Bellinelli is on a 1-year 3.4 million contract. Vasquez earns $1,113,600 this year. Henry earns $2,171,640 this year. Hornets can use the 2-year team option for the rookie contracts of both Vasquez and Henry. This means Vasquez will make $1,191,240 and $2,150,18 in 12/13 and 13/14 seasons, respectively. Henry will make $2,323,200 and $3,201,369 in 12/13 and 13/14 seasons, respectively. So, from a financial standpoint, we can have two young players as our backup backcourt thru 2013-14 season for less than 5 million on the books. However, if we want to make these valuable trades, We should give both Vasquez and Henry minutes to gain experience and improve themselves. Vasquez have already started getting those minutes as the backup point guard. He should even get more. When Gordon is injured, Henry will play the backup SG behind Belinelli. But, if Gordon is healthy, Henry's minutes might be limited. If the office is thinking of not resigning Bellinelli. Then this might be the time to reduce Bellinelli's role at the SG spot and give Henry more minutes. Bellinelli can play 2 or 3. So, he can play with Gordon or Henry as the backup SF (instead of Aminu) when we want to go small. The bad thing is: Henry has not played much since last January! So, Welcome to Xavier Henry. Show us your best on the court.
I still don't understand what's going on with Gordon's knee. Where is the swelling coming from? Is it the joint? If so, it shouldn't swell unless there's something going on with the joint, like meniscal or ligament damage. They keep saying it's "bruised," but that should be fine after 7 days. I'm worried that there's more damage to the knee than they're letting on.
Xavier did not get the shoots he needed nor the minutes so we will see how a tall, athletic player will fit with the hornets.
Interesting.... Hoopshype.com scouting report says he is "quite a shooter... Especially dangerous from beyond the arc..." http://hoopshype.com/players/xavier_henry.htm
He shot well in college and before. He didn't shoot well in limited minutes at the Grizzlies. http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Xavier-Henry-1324/ According to this, he does well in spot up situations. http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/henryxa01.html You can check his college and pro stats here, advanced and all. He's not a Peja-like sharpshooter, but compare him not to Peja, average, or anything like that. Compare him to Ariza or Aminu . . . someone he'll share the floor with, not someone that doesn't enter our equation or someone he'll play with less, like Marco. I'm wondering if his 3pt percentage is due to last second heaves. The contract and youth should not be discounted either.
Nah, c'mon Joe. He hasn't shot well in the pros so far, but the dude can hit a jumpshot. He can't get his own, but far as catch and shoot? He can make it rain.