Scouting 'First Four' players

How John Henson and others on rookie deals played in summer league

Originally Published: July 23, 2013
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

John HensonKyle Weidie for ESPNBucks big man John Henson played well in the NBA summer league in Vegas.

Last week, I wrote about players in their first four years in the NBA who caught my eye at summer league; these are players who are either on rookie scale contracts or other low-level deals given to second-round picks and undrafted free agents. These "First Four" players (who are effectively playing on "subsidized" deals) represent great value, and teams that are actively evaluating this talent pool stand to capitalize the most.

Here's another group of five such players who caught my eye at summer league:

John Henson | F/C | Milwaukee Bucks

Henson

Henson wrapped up his rookie season in strong fashion, averaging 9.2 points and 8.9 rebounds in April. Although he played sparingly in the playoffs, Henson was able to continue the momentum built at the end of the regular season in the summer league.