The Philadelphia 76ers already addressed their need at the point guard position this off-season with the free agent signings of Jerryd Bayless and Euroleague star Sergio Rodriguez. But the Sixers still had an issue at the wing positions. Today, the Sixers signed veteran shooting guard Gerald Henderson to a two year contract worth a total of $18 million.
Henderson provides immediate depth at the weakest position on the 76ers’ roster, the two guard spot. Henderson was one of the best guards left that can shoot and defend. Nine million dollars a year is nothing in this market, and Henderson will be an immediate contributor for the Sixers.
Henderson was drafted 12th overall by Charlotte in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Duke University. The 7-year NBA veteran spent the first six seasons of his NBA career in Charlotte before being dealt to Portland last off-season in the trade that sent Nicholas Batum to the Hornets.
Last season with Portland, 8.7 points, 1.0 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in an averaged 20 minutes per game. Henderson was a regular starter with Charlotte, but spent last season backing up budding star C.J. McCollum. Henderson’s career high in points came back in the 2012-2013 season when he averaged 15.5 in 31.4 minutes per game.
Henderson will be coming home to play for his home town team, as he attended high school at Episcopal Academy just outside of Philly. Henderson then spent three years playing for Coach K at Duke before declaring for the NBA Draft.
Henderson will likely be the starting shooting guard for the Sixers, as he has the ability to defend of the perimeter as well as knock down shots. The Sixers desperately need wing players that can knock down open jumpers, as newly drafted point-forward Ben Simmons will be able to find open players on the wing with ease. Henderson provides the help the Sixers need on the offensive and defensive end, and comes at a very cheap price tag in today’s market.
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