Bucks' Rookie John Henson Has Career Night in OT Loss to Magic

Jordan Ball@jball_13Correspondent IApril 11, 2013

Thanks in large part to an abundance of injuries, the Milwaukee Bucks' frontcourt lacked a lot of depth going into Wednesday night's game against Orlando.

That lack of depth, however, resulted in one of the greatest performances by a Bucks player this season. 

Rookie John Henson, who averages a modest 11.3 minutes per game, made the most of his extra playing time as he put up career highs in just about every statistical category. 

Coming off the bench in this contest, Henson made his presence felt by pouring in 17 points, blocking seven shots and, oh yeah, 25 rebounds. 

Though it was against the Magic and in a 113-103 loss, the numbers this rook put up are nothing short of amazing. 

In fact, the last player to accomplish this feat was none other than Shaq, one of the greatest of all time, back in 2004. Looking beyond that, the only other two players to reach that plateau in the past 28 years were Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo. 

Not bad company to keep. 

In the 58 games he had played in this season, Henson had only eclipsed 20-plus minutes eight times before tonight, with 27 being the most. 

He was on the court for a total of 41 minutes in this contest (including overtime), and he rewarded coach Jim Boylan for the playing time with his all-around outburst.

Though this season is almost wrapped up, Henson may have locked up more than a few extra minutes from here on out. 

When Milwaukee drafted Henson 14th overall in last year's draft, they knew they were getting a special player, but if performances like these are a preview of what's to come, then the team might just get more than they bargained for. 

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