Scoot Henderson: Only NBA Rookie with Two 20-Point, 10-Assist Games This Season for Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers guard Scoot Henderson is the only NBA rookie this season to score at least 20 points and 10 assists in a single game twice.
‣ Henderson, 19, recorded his third double-double of the season in a game against the San Antonio Spurs.
‣ Despite his impressive performance, Henderson is not expected to win NBA Rookie of the Year, with sportsbooks giving him seventh-best odds.

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Scoot Henderson, a guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, is making waves in the NBA. He’s the only rookie this season to have nailed at least 20 points and 10 assists in a single game, not once but twice.

At just 19, he’s already proving his worth. His third double-double of the season came in a recent 134-128 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

In that game, Henderson, who stands at 6-foot-3, racked up 22 points. He also had a career-best seven rebounds and tied his career-high with 11 assists. His stats also included one steal, one block, and he was on the court for 37 minutes.

His shooting was impressive too. He shot 9-of-21 (42.9%) from the floor and 3-of-5 (60%) from the three-point line.

“Probably his best game so far,” said Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups.

But what about the Trail Blazers’ championship odds? According to a few NBA betting sites, they’re ranked 29th. Teams like the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, and Houston Rockets are showing better odds.

During the second quarter of the game, Henderson wowed the crowd with a wrap-around assist to Matisse Thybulle. He described the play: “I got past my man and [Jerami Grant] always telling me to attack the screen, attack the switch so that pass can be open around. Just knowing that, know that my man that was guarding me is behind ‘Tisse, I just threw it guessing that ‘Tisse was right there, and he was. Made the finesse layup.”

Portland outscored the Spurs 42-27 in the second quarter. The Trail Blazers led by as many as 26 points. This was Henderson’s third game this season with 10 or more assists and his second straight with 20-plus points.

Coach Billups had more to say about Henderson’s performance. “What you’re seeing is what experience does, just getting him out there. That pass was incredible, the read was incredible,” he said.

“You’re seeing him now starting to play free and loose and let the game kind of just happen out there as opposed to thinking it before it happens. Just let it happen.”

Henderson’s game is slowing down, according to Billups. “But I’m just loving his ascension, man. Every single game he’s continuing to get better.”

So far, Henderson has started seven games in his rookie season. He’s averaging 12.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 27.1 minutes per game. His shooting stats are 37.2% from the field, 28.7% from deep, and 80.7% at the foul line.

Despite his impressive start, Henderson isn’t expected to win NBA Rookie of the Year. Still, NBA sportsbooks are giving him seventh-best odds. The clear-cut frontrunner is Chet Holmgren, with Victor Wembanyama having the second-shortest odds.

James Shotwell
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