Basketball Prospectus: Unfiltered Everything Else is Fluff.

December 19, 2008

The Richard Hendrix Experience

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Gasaway @ 6:17 pm

Strictly speaking, this post isn’t about college basketball. Bear with me.

Yesterday the Golden State Warriors announced that they’ve waived rookie Richard Hendrix. He is, for the moment, out of the NBA, having left Alabama last year after his junior season.

You know me to be a rather college-focused dude, but this bit of NBA news got my attention. Hendrix had a superb and strangely underappreciated college career in Tuscaloosa. He’s a lousy free throw shooter and he can’t make threes, but in literally any other area of basketball endeavor that you would care to name, the 6-8 Hendrix was excellent. Scoring, turnover-minimization, offensive rebounding, shot-blocking, defensive rebounding–everything. That may have been his problem: there was no one thing you could point to and say: “There! That’s Hendrix!” But, speaking literally, no big man in the one-and-done era has excelled as markedly in as many areas at the collegiate level as did Richard Hendrix.

Now he’s on the street. Whenever something happens in the NBA that I don’t understand, I turn to one of the fine pro experts that we have in-house here at Basketball Prospectus. Here’s what Kevin Pelton patiently explained to me….

That Hendrix would not stick with the Warriors should not come as a shock. Don Nelson is somewhat reticent about playing youngsters, though he’s had little choice this year. Still, when he has turned to the youth movement it’s been for lottery picks Brandan Wright and Anthony Randolph (as well as Marco Belinelli on the perimeter). Ultimately, Nelson apparently favored Rob Kurz‘s ability to stretch the floor over Hendrix’s game, which did not fit in ideally with Golden State’s run-and-shoot philosophy.

Hendrix had been in the D-League, putting up his usual solid numbers. He was one of seven D-Leaguers averaging a double-double and is adding a block and a steal per game as well, all while shooting a solid 51.6 percent from the field.

With 10-day contracts becoming available to teams starting January 5, someone ought to give Hendrix a look. He might make sense in Charlotte, where even with the addition of Boris Diaw the Bobcats are still looking for Larry Brown-friendly players in the frontcourt. Signing Juwan Howard is a sign of desperation, especially for a young team. Atlanta might be another interesting fit in the southeast, as Hendrix has been more productive than Othello Hunter over the course of his career.

Understood. Considerations of style and roster space came into play, as of course they must. Hey, I can believe Hendrix isn’t a good fit with Golden State right now. But what I would like to see is whether he can’t make a go of it somewhere in the league. 

Five months ago I thought Hendrix’s case was sufficiently interesting that I dragged him kicking and screaming, topically speaking of course, into an essay on one-and-done–this despite the fact that the young man in question actually played three seasons for the Crimson Tide before being drafted in the second round by the Warriors. He was universally declared to be too short and too old to ever be a lottery pick. Yet all he did in college was play consistently excellent basketball against the likes of Al Horford, Marreese Speights, and, most ironically, current Warrior Anthony Randolph. I find that dichotomy interesting and I’m going to continue to watch it play out.


  1. As I website possessor I believe the content material here is very fantastic, appreciate it for your efforts.

    Comment by Kldssd — September 17, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

  2. Hey There. I discovered your blog using msn. That is a
    very smartly written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thank you for the post.
    I’ll definitely return.

    Comment by Mark Curry Macfarlane Group — September 18, 2016 @ 12:54 am

  3. As soon as I noticed this site I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

    Comment by Shailendra Singh Sequoia Capital India — September 18, 2016 @ 2:18 am

  4. This post is invaluable. When can I find out more?

    Comment by Mark Curry Macfarlane — September 18, 2016 @ 6:50 am

  5. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you can be
    a great author. I will make certain to bookmark your blog and will often come back someday.
    I want to encourage continue your great writing,
    have a nice holiday weekend!

    Comment by Curry MacFarlane Group — September 19, 2016 @ 5:54 am

  6. My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different
    web address and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you.
    Look forward to finding out about your web page yet again.

    Comment by MacFarlane Group Mark Curry — September 20, 2016 @ 10:53 am

  7. Link exchange is nothing else but it is simply placing the other person’s weblog link on your page at suitable place and other person will
    also do similar in support of you.

    Comment by Mark Curry Macfarlane Group — September 20, 2016 @ 11:47 am

  8. What’s up, the whole thing is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing
    facts, that’s truly good, keep up writing.

    Comment by visa page — September 20, 2016 @ 6:46 pm

  9. Nice response in return of this difficulty with real arguments and telling all concerning that.

    Comment by Sequoia Capital India Singh — September 21, 2016 @ 12:20 am

  10. Hi, for all time i used to check weblog posts here in the
    early hours in the dawn, because i enjoy to
    gain knowledge of more and more.

    Comment by dual os car pc — September 22, 2016 @ 11:46 am

  11. Loving the information on this internet site, you have
    done outstanding job on the content.

    Comment by vitamin e lotion for scars — September 22, 2016 @ 10:52 pm

  12. I got this site from my pal who shared with me regarding
    this web page and now this time I am visiting this web page and reading very informative posts at this time.

    Comment by MacFarlane Group Mark Curry — September 23, 2016 @ 2:30 am

  13. It’s going to be end of mine day, except before ending I am reading this enormous piece of writing to improve my knowledge.

    Comment by instagram terms — September 23, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

  14. It is really a nice and helpful piece of info.
    I am satisfied that you just shared this useful information with us.
    Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by death lawsuits — September 23, 2016 @ 11:02 pm

  15. I do believe all of the ideas you’ve offered to your
    post. They are very convincing and can definitely work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for starters.

    May just you please prolong them a little from
    subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

    Comment by Shailendra Singh Sequoia India — September 24, 2016 @ 4:15 pm

  16. Hello, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.

    When I look at your blog in Chrome, it looks fine but when opening in Internet
    Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give
    you a quick heads up! Other then that, superb blog!

    Comment by gastric sleeve diet — September 25, 2016 @ 1:09 am

  17. I have been checking out some of your stories and i can state clever stuff.
    I will make sure to bookmark your website.

    Comment by gastric sleeve surgery — September 25, 2016 @ 5:57 am

  18. Hi there to all, the contents existing at this website are actually awesome for people knowledge, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

    Comment by family further — September 25, 2016 @ 11:23 am

  19. If some one wants to be updated with hottest technologies
    therefore he must be pay a quick visit this web site and be up to date everyday.

    Comment by hi — September 26, 2016 @ 11:25 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress