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Blazers’ Scoot Henderson Has All-Star ‘Upside’

Scoot Henderson is emerging for the Portland Trail Blazers.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Brooklyn Nets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers guard Scoot Henderson has been through ups and downs during his first season in the NBA.

When he’s been off, it’s been disappointing for Blazers fans who see him as the key to the future. But when he’s been on, fans are reminded as to why he was selected with the No. 3 overall pick this summer.

Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley listed Henderson among players with all-star upside.

Henderson gets the nod more for prospect pedigree than on-court production, but this exercise is ultimately about potential, and the 2023 draft’s No. 3 pick offers plenty of it. His shooting, decision-making and defense all need more polish, but that might apply to all 19-year-old pros. If you’re betting on upside, you want to wager on someone with his combination of skills, physical tools and competitive edge.

Henderson has what you are looking for in most franchise point guards. He was given a tough draw to start his career, filling in Damian Lillard’s massive shoes, but he’s gotten some run in them and has Blazers fans thinking he could be here for the long haul.

It remains to be seen whether he, or Shaedon Sharpe or Anfernee Simons emerges as this team’s lead guard of the future. But this is a good problem to have. The Blazers have options, and each of them have a lot of potential to become an All-Star in the future.