Henson began the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He appeared in 29 games (2 starts) with Cleveland and averaged 5.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 14.2 minutes per contest. Henson also shot 50.8 percent from the field. On Feb. 6, the six-foot-nine big man was traded to the Pistons in the deal that sent Andre Drummond to Cleveland. With Detroit, Henson appeared in 11 games with six starts. As a Piston, Henson averaged 6.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 17.1 minutes per game. He also shot 66.7 percent from the field . Henson set single-game season highs of 12 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks, five assists, two threes and two steals. On Feb 5, Henson posted his lone double-double of the season with 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks during a loss at Oklahoma City. Three nights later in his first game with Detroit, Henson scored a season-high 12 points during a home loss to the Knicks. Arguably his best overall performance occurred Feb. 23 against the Trail Blazers. In 23 minutes of run, Henson recorded eight points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks during a loss at Portland. A hamstring injury forced Henson to miss 17 straight games from Oct. 28 through to Nov 29.2018
During the 2018-19 season, John Henson played in 14 games. On Nov. 16, the Bucks realized that Henson required surgery and would miss a large number of games. Henson's left wrist had suffered a torn ligament. It was initially hoped that Henson would miss 12 weeks, with a possible return during the All-Star break. Then, on Dec. 7, Henson and teammate Matthew Dellavedova were traded to Cleveland. Despite February rehab, Henson was unable to play for Cleveland. Through his 14 appearances with the Bucks, Henson posted averages of 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 three-pointers and 0.8 blocks in 13.4 minutes per game. Henson also drained 11 threes compared to only one in his first six seasons combined. The 6-foot-11 center shot an impressive 36 percent from behind the arc, though the sample size was small.2017
Henson started a career-high 69 games for the Bucks in 2017-2018, appearing in 76 contests overall during the regular season. He averaged 8.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest, both of which were the second-highest marks of his career. Henson set a personal best in shooting percentage, hitting 57.2 percent of his shots from the floor. He would have finished eighth in the NBA in that category had he qualified. Henson also collected nine double-double during the year. His best game came on Feb. 4 at Brooklyn, when he notched 19 points and 18 rebounds in a 109-94 triumph. Both figures were season highs. Henson appeared in two playoff games for the Bucks. In terms of his postseason performance, the North Carolina native blocked six shots in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Boston. He tallied 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in Game 2, as well.2016
Henson again entered the 2016-17 season with stiff competition for center minutes, but he ended up appearing in 58 games and logging a career-best 39 starts. The highlights started early, as Henson logged the game-winning basket in an Oct. 29 victory over the Nets. He also chipped in 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 21 minutes in that game. Not long afterward, Henson made his first start of the season Nov. 12 against Memphis, which began a streak of 34 consecutive games started. That stretch included a season-high 20-point effort Nov. 27 against the Magic, and he matched that mark three games later against the Nets. The Bucks hit a skid on Jan. 15, losing 10 of their next 11 games, which led to coach Jason Kidd shaking up the rotation. Henson's playing time became more inconsistent as a result, though he did make five more starts that season. Henson then suffered a sprained thumb March 21 against Portland, which forced a 10-game absence. He returned for the final two games of the regular season and was available on a limited basis in the playoffs. Henson saw 12 total minutes in Games 5 and 6 of the opening round of the playoffs before the Bucks were eliminated by the Raptors.2015
Henson was set to enter the 2015-16 season on the final year of his rookie deal, but the Bucks signed him to a four-year extension prior to the preseason. He played 10 minutes in the season opener Oct. 28, but suffered an Achilles injury and was forced to miss the next four games. Henson bounced right back, however, scoring a season-best 22 points in a Nov. 6 victory over the Knicks. He recorded the first of three double-doubles that season later in the month, collecting 15 points and 11 rebounds Nov. 25 against the Kings. A few weeks later on Dec. 15 against the Lakers, Henson made his first and only start that season, tallying six points, four rebounds and four blocks. From Jan. 28 through March 13, Henson missed a total of 20 games due to back soreness. He returned for a productive final stretch, however, averaging 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds across 17.3 minutes during the team's last 15 contests. That series of games included Henson's second and third double-doubles of the season on March 25 and April 10, respectively. He also had his second-highest scoring effort March 26, scoring 19 points in a loss to Charlotte. Despite a slight dip in playing time this year, Henson's efficiency marks were right in line with his career averages. He continued to excel on the defensive end as well, posting a career-best 4.1 rejections per 36 minutes.2014
While Henson made significant strides in his sophomore season in the NBA, he still entered the 2014-15 campaign in a tight competition for a starting role. The Bucks added multiple forwards in the offseason, signing center Zaza Pachulia in free agency and drafting power forward Jabari Parker with the No. 2 overall pick. Henson also had a new head coach to impress, with Jason Kidd stepping in for Larry Drew. Henson began the season as a reserve, but posted a career-high six blocks in the second game of the season Oct. 31 against the Sixers. His season hit a bit of a roadblock when he suffered a foot sprain Nov. 25, which ultimately caused him to miss 14 games. Henson returned and averaged 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds over a 28-game span, but the biggest improvement came on the defensive end. He recorded one or more blocked shots in a 20-game streak that started Jan. 6, and ended up finishing the season with a career-best 2.0 bpg average. That average was tied with Tim Duncan for the fifth-best mark in the league. Henson arguably did his best work in the playoffs, however. While the Bucks fell to the Bulls in six games, Henson averaged 8.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in the series, highlighted with a 15-point, 14-rebound effort in Game 3. His 14 total rebounds in Games 3 and 5 were the best marks of third NBA season.2013
Henson built on a productive rookie season by averaging a double-double in Orlando Summer League, setting the stage to take another step forward in his sophomore campaign. A healthy Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova meant Henson would come off the bench to start the year, but that didn't stop him from making meaningful contributions. He scored 13 or more points in three of the season's first four games, picking up his first start of the year Nov. 6 against Cleveland. He had 14 points and nine rebounds across 39 minutes in that effort. Later in the month on Nov. 30, Henson re-entered the starting five, as both Sanders (thumb) and Ilyasova (hamstring) were sidelined. Henson went on to start the next 11 games, averaging 15.7 points and 10.7 rebounds over that stretch. That set of games also included his season-best scoring total of 25 points Dec. 10 against Chicago. He also put up 14 rebounds, six blocks and three steals in that matchup. Henson's season-best rebounding total of 17 also came that month in a Dec. 6 matchup against the Wizards. Henson missed seven games from Dec. 28 through Jan. 11 due to a lower-leg injury, but remained a rotation staple after returning. He also set a career high with six assists down the stretch in an April 5 game against Toronto. When it was all said and done, Henson appeared in 70 games (23 starts) and averaged career highs in scoring (11.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg).2012
After three seasons at UNC, Henson declared for the 2012 NBA Draft and was selected 14th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. The former McDonald's All-American played 63 games, averaging 6.0 points and 4.7 rebounds under 13.1 minutes of play. Henson established categorical highs in rebounds (25), blocks (seven) and assists (three) on an Apr. 10 contest at Orlando that shortly moved him to the starting lineup near the campaign's end. He saved the best scoring performance of the year for last, providing 28 points during the Bucks' final season game against the Thunder on Apr. 17. Milwaukee went 38-44 to finish eighth in the Eastern Conference to cement the rookie his first playoff berth. While he averaged 8.3 minutes of postseason playing time, Henson did play a role during Game 1 of the First Round (six points, five rebounds and two steals) before No. 1 seed Miami eliminated the Bucks.
June 28, 2012Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
July 7, 2012Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks
October 1, 2015Signed a four-year contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks
December 7, 2018As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Milwaukee Bucks with Matthew Dellavedova, a 2021 1st round draft pick and a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for George Hill and a 2021 2nd round draft pick
February 6, 2020Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers with Brandon Knight and draft considerations to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Andre Drummond