Shifty-driving, three-draining combo guard C.J. McCollum is all the hype in Rip City right now, heading into what many have predicted to be his breakout season. Coming off a huge playoff series (17.0 points, 48% from the field) and a generally impressive second half of the 2014-2015 regular season, there’s a lot of reason to be excited to see what’s in store for the Lehigh product. However, there’s a six-foot-five-inch Blue Devil in town who’s ready to make some major contributions; rim-rattling, shot-dropping, rim-protecting Gerald Henderson.
Entering his seventh season in the NBA, his first outside of Charlotte, Henderson will be looking to improve on his already impressive career. Let’s take a look at what the Portland Trail Blazers will be getting with 10 of Henderson’s most memorable highlights.
10. THE MIAMI BLOCK PARTY
Six-foot-eight-inch Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem is rejected at the rim by an undersized Gerald Henderson . This wouldn’t be the only time these two would meet at the iron…
9. IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, TRY, TRY, TRY AGAIN
Just a couple months after Gerald Henderson denied Udonis Haslem’s fast break slam, the Miami Heat and Charlotte Bobcats met once more in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. It was revenge gone wrong as Haslem had his dunk attempt sent into the first row by Henderson.
8. THE BIG FUNDAMENTAL SHOWS OFF HIS WISDOM
When the high-flyer is coming, move out of the way!
Number eight on this list features some wisdom in action from veteran big man Tim Duncan who puts up a halfhearted block attempt on a vicious slam from Gerald Henderson. Stay to the side and don’t become a poster!
7. FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE A HORNET
The elevation on this rim-rattling dunk is just pure madness. Gerald Henderson takes advantage of a three on two fast break against the Sacramento Kings with the help of some quality ball movement from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Mo Williams. How’s that for a fast break finish?
6. HOW TO TURN YOURSELF INTO A POSTER 101
Gerald Henderson is driving to the rim with a full head of steam and six-foot-eleven-inch Gorgui Dieng does everything right! Well, if he wants to be a on a poster that is. Trying to take a charge in the restricted area with a high-flyer incoming? Smile!
5. DROPPING THE ANVIL ON THE POLISH HAMMER
What’s better than turning a big man into a poster for two points? Turning a big man into a poster for three points!
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tossed lobbed an inbound pass to Gerald Henderson for a physical slam over The Polish Hammer, Marcin Gortat. The refs see the contact and send Henderson to the line for three!
4. RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Being at the right place at the right time is easy when you have hustle and court instincts of Gerald Henderson. Down by two against the Grizzlies in Memphis, Charlotte Hornet point guard Kemba Walker forces a defended three with 4.4 seconds left in the game. Hornets guard Gary Neal gets pieces off the missed three for a missed tap-in. Henderson drives in, saving the day with a right-handed tap that rims in, forcing the game into overtime!
3. HENDERSON JOINS THE SWAT TEAM
The chasedown block is my favorite play in all of basketball. It’s a highlight reel-worthy defensive play made up of hustle, pride, athleticism, and effort. Gerald Henderson shows that he brings all of the above to the NBA hardwood as Harrison Barnes has his fast break layup sent off the glass and into the stands!
2. BEAUTIFUL CHAOS
In one of the most chaotic, wild, broken plays I have ever seen in the NBA, Gerald Henderson keeps his composure and drains a game-winning three with 4.6 left on the clock! Henderson throws a crossover on Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio, gets Russian defensive-specialist Andrei Kirilenko in the air with a pump fake, and finishes it off with a beautiful deep three to win it in Charlotte!
1. WE’VE FOUND THE REAL SUPERMAN
Dwight Howard took home the NBA Dunk Contest trophy in 2008 with a memorable dunk known simply as the Superman Dunk. Howard received a perfect 50 for this dunk, theatrics involved.
It was Gerald Henderson who recreated this incredible dunk four years later. The only differences? There were no theatrics, it was during a game and not a dunk contest, and best of all, it was thrown down on Los Angeles Lakers star center Dwight Howard. Not only does Gerald Henderson get his own bench on their feet with this play, but look closely at the Lakers bench and you’ll see veteran power forward Antawn Jamison jump up on his feet, quickly being restrained by his surrounded teammates.
Seriously, where can I buy this poster? I need it.