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Season in Review: Myke Henry, thief in the night

Fact: Myke Henry was one of the team’s top takers this year

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Orlando Magic Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Catch up on previous entries in our Season in Review series here.

Myke Henry 2017-18 Stats

Category Number
Category Number
G 20
MPG 18.9
PPG 5.4
RPG 1.9
APG 1.1
SPG 1.6
FG% 37.6%
3PT% 32.8%
FT% 60%
PER 9.7
WS/48 0.017

Unlike Kobi Simmons, we didn’t have a full season to check in on Myke Henry. If you remember, the Memphis Grizzlies’ initial two-way contracts belonged to Simmons and forward Vince Hunter. However, the team waived Hunter in January and on the same day signed Henry to that vacant two-way deal.

Before being signed, the 25-year-old Chiacgoan played in 27 G-League games for Oklahoma City’s affiliate, the creatively named Oklahoma City Blues. In that time he averaged, according to Basketball Reference, 15.7 points and 5.2 rebounds on 52.4 percent shooting from the floor (an incredible 63.4 percent from two point range) and 36.1 percent from deep.

After signing with Memphis, he played with both the big league club and its G-League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle, where he was featured in 11 games, scoring 18 points per contest. In so doing he shot 46.2 percent from the field and a scorching 44.3 percent from distance.

He saw only limited time on the floor while up with the Grizzlies, logging less than 400 minutes in his 20 games played. However, he was able to spend time practicing with the team (hard to quantify, but an important asset) and saw his playing time increase near the end of the season. If there’s one skill Henry flashed while playing for the Grizzlies, it was a propensity for creating turnovers.

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Best Game

In just his second game with the Grizzlies, Henry scored a career high 12 points in 16 minutes off the bench, shooting 50 percent from the field and 60 percent from three point territory. While he also contributed two rebounds and two assists in a rare win, he notably accrued four steals, a feat which he was able to pull off on two other separate occasions (including a five steal heist in early March, the most by any Grizzly player in a single game in 2017-18). The only other player to snatch four steals in three or more games for the Grizzlies this season was Mario Chalmers, who did so four times.

Worst Game

All you really need to know is that his worst performance came in a loss to the Phoenix Suns... at home.

But if you want some more detail, Henry shot three of 10 from the floor, notching just seven points. He had three turnovers, four fouls, and just one steal in almost 24 and a half minutes of play.

Ways to Improve

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Henry’s shot selection is very good, as he hardly shoots midrange jumpers, while instead attacking the basket or looking to hit from deep. However, when Henry gets to the rim, he scored well below the league average. In addition to general finishing ability, I suspect that NBA level interior defenders may have been able to make him uncomfortable. Put on some more muscle and work on explosiveness in the offseason, and that problem might not appear as often next season.

2017-18 Overall Grade

I’m going to say that Henry was average in a small sample size. I hate to grade him as a C, because while a C is basically average, no one wants a C, while in the NBA you’d like to have an average player more times than not. Ergo, average.

Grade: Average

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