Central Notes: Giannis, Kennard, Henson, Hutchison

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, last season’s MVP and one of the best basketball players in the world, still needs to improve his shooting ability after making an abysmal 30.2% of his jump shots last season. And as Eric Woodyard of ESPN writes, The Greek Freak is looking at new teammate Kyle Korver for some guidance.

“It’s really important [that] I always try to talk to him a little bit,” Antetokounmpo said of Korver. “And he’s a great guy. He’s not trying to get in your head or overstep and talk too much to you. Whenever he gives me tips, I always try to listen … one of the best shooters to ever play the game.”

Head coach Mike Budenholzer, who coached Korver in Atlanta, also thinks that Korver is going to be a huge addition to the Bucks’ roster.

“His professionalism, his work ethic and attention to detail is just gonna help all of us, including me as a coach. I always say that about Kyle: He makes me a better coach. Adding him to our group was a huge add this summer.”

There’s more from the Central Division:

  • Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press advocates for Pistons guard Luke Kennard to be moved to a bench role this season. Head coach Dwane Casey seems to agree: “(Kennard) doesn’t fit well with the first unit, but he is one of our most talented players and so the job we have as a coaching staff is to fit him where he’s going to go.”
  • Coming off an injury-riddled 2018/19 season that saw him traded from Milwaukee to the Cavaliers, big man John Henson is ready to add an element of rim protection to help the Cavs’ defense improve this season. He’s also ready for whatever role the team has in store for him, admitting that he doesn’t yet know exactly where he fits in the rotation, writes Chris Fedor of cleveland.com. Henson is entering the final year of his contract.
  • Bulls head coach Jim Boylen says forward Chandler Hutchison will not return in the next two weeks and that opening night is in jeopardy, per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. Hutchison is still recovering from a hamstring strain he suffered in September.
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3 thoughts on “Central Notes: Giannis, Kennard, Henson, Hutchison

  1. Swap Henson for Courtney Lee.
    The Cavs already have Nance Love Thompson Zizic Martin and Bolden in there PF and C positions. Plus they are abit light at SG with Knight playing there even tho he’s a PG then a bunch of young SGs. Lee could be a good leader for Windler and Porter Jr

    The Mavs don’t plan on using Lee anyways so getting in Henson could add some depth behind Porzingod coming off injury, Powell, Marjanovic and Kleber. Henson would straight away be an improvement for defence and another vet leader.

    Would also swap MKG for Brandon Knight and all of a sudden the Cavs aren’t a lot better but they have some better defenders. MKG could still develop and Lee would be a good leader for a young SG group.

    1. Garland. Clarkson. Delly
    2. Sexton. Lee. Porter Jr. TLC
    3. Osman. Windler
    4. Love. MKG. Martin
    5. Thompson. Zizic. Bolden

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