This comparison has been a natural one to watch given that Henry essentially inherited the role that Macklin was playing for the Hoyas. While I have never been a huge fan of Macklin, Henry has been a real non-factor with limited demonstrated progress - until this year. I am not sure that I can even begin to explain how he has matured from being a "deer in the headlights" athlete to a real basketball player and force on the court over the past 6 months. But I am glad to see it.
So what do the numbers show so far this year:
Minutes Points Rebounds Assists Blocks TO FG% FT%
Macklin 21.0 10.8 6.0 0.6 1.3 1.6 65% 33%
Sims 16.8 5.0 4.0 1.8 0.5 1.2 63% 58%
When you account for the fact that Macklin has played about 25% more minutes than Henry this year, the only real edge that Macklin has is in points (he takes more shots) and in blocks. On the other hand, Henry has been much stronger in the assist area and has hit some crucial foul shots (to be fair, Macklin shot 59% from the line last year). Chalk these differences up to the different styles of offense that G'Town and Florida play, and the roles that these big men play in those offenses.
Further, the numbers comparison fails to capture that Henry is a junior with limited historical playing time, and that he seems to be getting better game by game. Plus, Henry is a good guy!!
I think the time has finally come where I would definitively take Henry over Macklin - particularly for Georgetown's offense. It will be interesting to see how much further Henry will progress. I am astounded by what I have seen so far this year.
What do you think?