Taylor Hendricks – UCF
- 15 Points Per Game
- 7 Rebounds Per Game
- 1 Assists Per Game
- 1.7 Blocks Per Game
- 1 Steal Per Game
- 47 FG% / 39 3PT% / 78 FT%
Taylor Hendricks has started to become one of my favorite prospects and would be a great fit for the OKC Thunder. A great athlete with a good two-way ability. Hendricks would automatically be a threat from three with great on-ball defense and the ability to play anywhere. Standing at 6’9″, Hendricks played a little bit of center in high school and would be able to make an impact with his hustle and coordination.
He doesn’t fall for pump fakes, has a great feel for contesting shots, fights for loose balls, and isn’t afraid to take a charge (which has been a common theme for the Thunder defense this year). Taylor is an agile defender that can keep his stance and hold his own against his opponent.
With being such a versatile target, he is a target off a pick and roll, can hit a three off the pick and pop, and use his athleticism to be a lob threat. Hendricks is a threat from the perimeter with his three-point shot, but can also hit a shot over anyone or hit a pull-up jumper. With his versatility on both sides of the court, Hendricks could very well see the court a lot as a rookie.
One concern there is with Hendricks is his ability to create for himself. In college, there would be times when he would be too passive and couldn’t score without someone creating a shot for him. Some other things he could work on as well would be his passing, handling, scoring diversity, and overall strength.