Gerald Henderson out 2-4 Weeks: Which Bobcat Will Take Over His Spot?
In Saturday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Bobcats starting shooting guard Gerald Henderson was forced to leave early after sustaining an injury to his left foot.
It seemed to be minor at the time, but it has now been revealed as a sprained left foot which will sideline him for two to four weeks, according to ESPN.
With Henderson being the team's leading scorer last season (15.1 PPG), the Bobcats now face the task of figuring out how to go about filling his vacant spot in the starting lineup.
Fortunately for the Bobcats, they made a couple of moves over the summer and brought in guards Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon.
Sessions was acquired via free agency after he spent time with both the Cavaliers and the Lakers last season. Charlotte traded Corey Maggette to the Pistons for a protected first-round pick in 2013 and eight-year veteran Ben Gordon.
In the team's first game, in which Henderson logged a team-high 36 minutes, both Gordon (22) and Sessions (21) saw a lot less playing time than the former starters were accustomed to. Their minutes are sure to increase for the duration of Henderson's injury.
While Sessions is capable of playing shooting guard, he has been a point guard for the majority of his career. Gordon, on the other hand, is a natural-born shooter and would seem like the more natural starter.
Which player should be named starting shooting guard?
Gordon has averaged 16.5 points over his career and can still catch fire at any time. He proved that last year when he erupted for 45 points against the Nuggets, including going 9-of-9 from deep.
If Sessions is granted the starting job, the team will benefit from his ability to create plays with his quickness. That will open up many easier scoring opportunities for him, which is why he had a team-high 22 points after taking over for Henderson on Saturday.
While the extremely athletic Henderson will be missed, Charlotte should remain at its normal level of play with the combo of Sessions and Gordon at the 2.
And who knows, the team might be ready to take its game up a notch if all three of them can find their groove once Henderson returns.
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