On Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks made a move to strengthen their depth by signing former first-round pick and guard Xavier Henry.
While this addition might be merely for a training camp roster spot, given the late juncture of the signing, it represents an opportunity for Henry, who has not seen his NBA career unfold to his liking after leaving Kansas early six years ago.
Leaving after one season with the Jayhawks, Henry has played for three different NBA franchises during a career that’s spanned five years of NBA work and one of D-League action. Last season, the 6-6 Belgium native did not play in the NBA, instead seeing time in nine games spent with the Santa Cruz Warriors, the minor league affiliate of the Golden State Warriors.
Playing 18.8 minutes per night with the lower-level Warriors, Henry averaged 15.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. For his NBA career, the numbers aren’t nearly that proficient, but they are not atypical for a deeper bench player.
Still just 25, Henry averages 5.7 points per game in 185 contests from 2010 through 2015. His most recent stint came with a bad Los Angeles Lakers team in 2014-2015. He started five games and played in 43 with the 2013-2014 Lakers, for whom he averaged a career-best 10 points per game. Henry, though, does not contribute much in other facets of the box score. He holds a career 1.9 rebounds per game figure and has added less than one assist per night, which will make his latest hopes at a return to the league more difficult.
The former No. 12 overall pick of the Memphis Grizzlies’ in 2010, Henry started 16 games that season before playing briefly with the Charlotte Hornets prior to the Lakers stay. The Bucks’ bench houses 2015 first-round pick Rashad Vaughn and 2016 second-rounder Malcolm Brogdon on the wing.