Gerald Henderson Ready for His Best Season With the Charlotte Bobcats?

Tarik MowattContributor IIIJuly 29, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03: Gerald Henderson #15 of the Charlotte Bobcats drives the baseline past Mike Miller #13 of the Miami Heat at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 3, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Heat defeated the Bobcats 96-82.  (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
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Gerald Henderson's first year with the Bobcats wasn't a great one. He averaged only three points and a rebound in eight minutes.

It seemed like he was only in the league because of his father's playing days.

However, in his second season, Gerald got 24 minutes of playing time and even started in 30 games. This season, he began to show what he was capable of.

Next season, we'll wait and see if Henderson improves even further.

From his three points and one rebound averages last season, Henderson improved in nearly every aspect of his game. This season, he averaged 10 points, three rebounds and nearly a steal per game on 10 percent higher field-goal percentage then last year.

Despite this, Henderson has plenty to work on. He's still a terrible three-point shooter, averaging 19 percent last season. He's not a great distributor, and he's not yet ready to start for a team.

Henderson does have potential, and while he isn't All-Star material, he can be a solid starter in the league. Last season, he hit career highs of 32 points, nine rebounds and eight assists on separate occasions.

The talent is there, and he's going to get more of a chance to show it as his role in the Bobcat's offense increases. With Stephen Jackson being traded, Henderson is going to be given an opportunity to shine.

While Henderson is a little undersized for his position at 6'4" and is inconsistent, he still is an energetic player who can go off for 20 if given the chance.

Even though the Bobcats are in the midst of rebuilding, Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker should be a fun backcourt combo to watch. It should also be interesting to see how Henderson develops his game.

How much will he average? Who knows, but my best bet would be about 12 to 15 points, with four rebounds and three assists.

Why? Stephen Jackson scored about 19 points a game. He was traded away for Corey Maggette, who averaged 12 points last season.

That leaves seven points for someone else to score. Gerald will pick up a bigger offensive role, and Bismack Biyombo will get around four or five points a game.

How do I know this? I don't. Basing Gerald's future stats off of a traded player isn't exactly a great way of predicting things.

Still, my point remains valid. Henderson will improve in most, if not all, of his game. We won't know for good until the lockout ends, and he proves himself on the court.

What do you think will happen with the Bobcats next season? Feel free to post your thoughts. Thank you for reading and have a nice day.