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Post Game Thoughts: Xavier Henry Impresses In Debut

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Tonight was an interesting game for the Lakers. Nick Young and Chris Kaman both got off to hot starts, the team as a collective unit was shooting well from mid-range and were working hard on the defensive end.

Jordan Farmar was good in pick and roll sets, but it was Xavier Henry who impressed most. He got off to a great start, hitting three of his first four shots, including a strong finish with an And-1 at the rim. He also knocked down a mid-range shot and extended his scoring behind the three point line, check out his shot chart.

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The first thing that stands out in the graphic is that Henry took 60 percent of his shots at the rim, which is huge considering the fact that head coach Mike D’Antoni said that his biggest weakness has been his shot selection.

“He’s been a little inconsistent with his shot, which is probably his weakness, but he shot it well tonight,” said  D’Antoni in his post-game interview with Time Warner Sports Net. “He was just confident. He was real physical and is always going to play great defense. His biggest thing is shot selection and getting confidence, and tonight he did it. If he can continue to do that, he can play.”

Coming into tonight’s game, Henry was one of the fringe guys. While tonight was huge for his chances, he’s going to have to maintain some sort of consistency if he’s to make the team. Henry scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter against the Warriors third string and Klay Thompson, so the 29 is likely to be an outlying performance.

However, if Henry can come off the bench and provide some sort of spark by getting to the basket and creating some easy looks for himself and others (and we must emphasize the “and others” as he recorded no assists on the night), he’ll likely not only earn a spot on this team, but earn some minutes in the rotation.

While we should not over hype this performance, it’s definitely not one that we should ignore, either. Henry’s next step is sustaining decent play off the bench, then finding a rhythm with his teammates.

Will we be lucky enough to see more of this from Henry? Lakers Nation surely hopes so!

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  • lozothelaker

    we shouldnt trade anyone right now realistically and possibly sign 2 or 3 of these prospects for sure

    • cj

      the only trade i would look into would be blake, and meeks for arzia.

      nash, kobe, arzia, pau, and kaman

      farmar, young, wes, williams, and hill

      djo, henry, landry, haris, and sacre.

      that is the only trade i make other then that this team is kinda set if henry is for real.

      • cj

        y the down vote. you cant just down vote with out commenting y you dissagree

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          yeah, that was mean @2ea994d4bf92d28bd075797af32325a4:disqus … you don;t just down vote like that….

      • Zimmeredge

        blake is a good hustle player at the guard position. we have a deep rotation on those position especially defensively with Blake and Meeks as Bryant’s subs.
        no trade. we have good balance and we won’t be playing with two big guys in the paint. Gasol with Hill or Gasol with Harris, Williams or Johnson.
        lob city, nets, t-wolfes, Cavs, Magic few teams we will need two bigs.

        • cj

          according to the lakers they might play kaman and pau together. i agree we dont need a trade but if they make a trade it should only be for ariza.

      • Paytc

        I would do that in a heart beat. But is there a team that would take two sub-par bench players for a defensive stud and all around top notch player like Ariza?

        If the Lakers could pull that trade off… I’m immediately rushing to Vegas to grab the long shot odds and eventual payday:-) Go Lakers!

        • Eddie Lazaro

          Agree, but since that’s close to impossible, I will hold the trade talk since it is still ways to go before the dead line. I want to see how and what MDA will do to have these strong combinations on rotation. Players clicking with others but not with certain people (ex, D12), IMO are the ones should let go. The ones in sync with the rest to create chemistry and cohesion stays, making their payday. “All the Way, Lakers!”.

          • cj

            agreed im not saying to actively try to trade them but if a trade was to come up near the deadline this would be the trade i went after.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            I’ll do that in a heartbeat, Trevor has been a great family member who was screwed by his agent thinking he can get more in FA that what the Lakers had offered. We all know he wants to get back to be a Lakers, like Farmar did, but the only way is thru trade and we don’t have enough trade bait to get him back, not now, not yet, but if Mitch can pull off what we had in mind, I say go for it without hesitations. All the Way Lakers!

        • cj

          1. cwas would cut cost.
          2. they have a young sf who they wll look to play over ariza.
          3. this could be part of a bigger 3+ team deal that the lakers are getting in to help finalize.
          4. ariza is not all that much better then blake and meeks he just fits this team more.

  • lozothelaker

    Gadzuric>Medvedenko

    • cj

      sacre> gadzuric

      • Jack

        Kwame Brown>Everybody

        • cj

          lol

  • Eddie Lazaro

    Mitch K’s roster working out! If they can come out consistently like this, We will be a Dangerous Lakers Team. Sill need to tighten the defense but showed progression at work. Team work and cohesion are coming strong and PG Farmar showing what he can do. Xave and Nick showed a lot of poise and aggressiveness, hoping to consistently do so. Kaman showing his double double form. A very good start, they can just be a lot better as we head to the regular season, esp. when aging superstars start to complete the roster.

    Go Lakers!

    • Paytc

      Eddie you know what’s up ! I agree with everything you said!

  • Gregory Choa

    Hmmm…amazing what a full camp and a summer spent bonding together as a team will do to embolden this squad! It’s also nice to see some fresh, young legs and some much needed athleticism out there. The coaching staff will have some tough decisions to make before making the final cut(s)…

  • Jim213

    Have Henry making the final roster, but from what many have mentioned confidence may be his main weakness. However, KB24 should be able to help Henry given his potential along with W Johnson who also has the same agent as Kobe.

    • cj

      agreed if healthy henry could be a solid replacement to kobe in 2-3 years

      • Jim213

        ?!… I wouldn’t go to that extreme. I see XH as an Ariza type of player that needs some molding to reach his capabilities. IMO, he would make for a solid 3rd best team player though has the capability of being the 2nd best player on a team given that it’ll depend on finding the right team that he’d be able to learn from.

        He has the talent but time will tell if he can develop into being an important part of a team which revolves around his overall consistency and mental attitude. IMO

        • cj

          im not saying total replace ment but his game reminds me alot of kobe. in 3 to 4 years under kobe he could be a 20-5-5 player. not totaly kobe but its a start.

    • Gregory Choa

      I see NO lack of confidence from Xavier – just an exuberance in the chance to play and show what he’s got…he said as much afterwards in his on court interview…it’s obvious that he appreciates the support he’s getting from the coaching staff and the opportunity he’s being given at the moment.

    • Paytc

      Jim213,

      Henry played like he was the most confident player on the Lakers with the exceptions of perhaps Nick Young. I’m not sure why he would lack any confidence when your capable of balling like that. But I agree all the new additions should feel more comfortable when Kobe (the team anchor) returns.

      • Eddie Lazaro

        That’s what these kids needed, a descent, confident booster playing time. We know they are all good, some of them can be groomed as future Superstars as we have seen from Henry, Young and Farmar, but they can not showcase their talent if they are chilling on the pine. Also, the system that MDA & Rambis integrating shows a lot to like (ex, turnovers?), though I think they still have to work a lot on timing & synchronicity to avoid opponent telegraphic steals & miscues on passing, but I can already see a lot of strong chemistry in the making with many unselfish plays. We have a start that’s looking well and doing good. Let’s keep it up boys, we are here to Climb up the Hill, and may very well Come Down from the Mountain. Let’s go

        “All The Way, Lakers!”

  • Albert Cruz

    People getting excited over a practice game…lol

    • tara myricks

      damn right!!! and we going practice on what ever time you like too!

      • Albert Cruz

        Practice? We talking about practice….

        • Zimmeredge

          the new lakers without Nash, Bryant, Gasol outscoring a warriors’ team with all their players isn’t something normal.
          it might be a pre-season game but it’s good for our confidence.

          • Albert Cruz

            Hey man I love the Lakers, I’m just saying let’s see them play some more games before we get so happy, this team is in a rebuilding mode so anything positive is good I get it, it’s just we need to be patient and not expect too much.

          • Zimmeredge

            yeah yeah of course. we have a lot of young talents with experienced players.
            i can’t wait for tonight’s game. Gasol and Nash in will change a lot of things and make our life easier offensively. Defensively, it will be harder because of Nash’s match up against Lawson.

    • Eddie Lazaro

      Practice makes perfect, and the thing I like the most about it is they did not quit when they got behind, that show confidence on young talents like these since non of their leaders are on the floor playing with them. Can’t help but get ecstatic about these kids doing what they are supposed to do, and if this is the sign of what they can bring for the season, that’s very exciting and encouraging sight, won’t you? After all, we can not go back to what? Last years expectations? If you’re a Lakers, You have to be happy and positive about it, those who are not are the Trolls and Haters who prowl and they don’t have any room on this site.

  • tara myricks

    “hello” have anyone seen daryl????

  • Scouting NBA Prospects

    All i ever hear about is Trevor Ariza from Lakers fans?How can Mitch Kupchak get him back?I have respect for Trevor since he helped the Lakers out in 2009 but i have moved on long ago.I see some serious potential in Xavier Henry he drives to the hoop and he has a sweet looking shot.Also he plays excellent defense.Yeah he was a true hoops star in High School in Oklahoma he is a legend in those parts of the country.But him getting 29 points last night doesn’t guarantee him anything as he still needs to have a solid preseason to cement his spot on the team and in the rotation!

    Lakers got a kid they can develop,Xavier is only 22 years old and he has a world of talent he must continue working hard and never give up.Just build confidence and he will reach his full potential.He has a high ceiling but it also he has to continue driving to the hoop and finishing the way he did last night.He does get the calls from the refs he is always at the free throw line.He draws contact and the refs give him free throws he just needs to make about 85% of his free throws and he will be a star player.I am giving Xavier Henry a 9 out of 10 for prospect ranking for NBA players,he is only going to get better from what i saw yesterday.Xavier Henry was the number 1 High School Recruit coming out of High School and he was a lottery pick after just 1 year as Kansas and he has not played much in the NBA and he has a chance to shine and star in LA now at the age of 22.Keep improving!

  • SpringBreakers

    I told ya’ll about X long ago he da truth ya’ll!X he gunna be the next Bruce Bowen on defense,his offense skill set be like Eddie Jones.Ya’ll happy wit him like i promised ya’ll would be?Homeboy from Ghent,Belgium is doing his thang on the court as a Laker.I love that.

    • Eddie Lazaro

      Very well done, your boy showed a lot to like and can be on my roster as well. Good job!

  • Paytc

    Put Henry on the team immediately ! Unless he has locker room issues. Or other issues that would prevent him from “STEPPING UP” like he displayed in preseason game #1.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      From the information I heard regarding his college days and the last 2 years in NBA ,Henry appears to be a nice young man. I don’t think he will be a locker room prick.

  • Oh Henry!

    Xavier Henry is awesome.Lakers should never let him go elsewhere.Sign Henry long term!

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