Alan Henderson: NBA Power Forward from Fishers
Towering over other basketball players at a massive 6'9, Alan Henderson
was a monolithic NBA player from Fishers, Indiana, a prosperous suburb just outside of Indianapolis.
Henderson retired from the NBA in 2007 after being tossed around by several different teams, but his history in Indiana sports is pretty bright for such a minor NBA star.
Born in 1972 in West Virginia, Alan Henderson
came to the Hoosier State by way of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
, a private Indianapolis school on the north side.
After graduating from Brebeuf, Alan Henderson went down to Bloomington, Indiana to attend Indiana University.
time as a Hoosier, Henderson
led the team in rebounds all four years, and he
team to the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in 1992.
is still the only Indiana University player to be in the top five all time for scoring, rebounding, steals, and blocked shots.
was so good, in fact, that he
was selected to be on the United States men's basketball team for the 1994 Goodwill Games, an international sports competition meant to provide an Olympic style event during the boycott of the 1980 and 1984 Olympics.
Henderson's skill on the court was well known by the end of his
In 1995, Alan Henderson
was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks as the 16th overall pick in the NBA
career began promisingly enough: he
ranked second in total blocked shots with the Hawks during his
rookie year, and he
earned the NBA's Most Improved Player Award for the 1997-1998 season.
spent nine seasons with the mediocre Hawks, one of the only solidly entrenched players on a squad that reached the playoffs only a few times during Henderson's tenure.
The middle 2000s saw Henderson being swapped from team to team, never able to find a foothold in an increasingly short term set of deals.
In August of 2004, Alan Henderson
was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, a team he
played with for less than a year.
was again moved in February of 2005, when he
was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
never actually played with the Bucks; the team waived him a day after he
was traded, and Henderson
soon re-signed with the Mavericks.
Later in 2005, Henderson again left the Mavericks, this time joining the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He was a reserve power forward for the Cavs, and he appeared in 51 regular season games.
Henderson again changed teams in 2006, when he left the Cavs for the Philadelphia 76ers, a relationship that again only lasted a year.
In a move similar to his
acquisition by the Bucks, Alan Henderson
was traded to the Utah Jazz in 2007, was released from the team a few days later, and again re-signed with his
former team, the 76ers.
This Indianapolis sports figure played out the rest of the year for the 76ers before deciding to retire from professional basketball.
Though his NBA
career was less than stellar, Alan Henderson
is still recognized as a competent power forward who remained competitive no matter what team he
saw a small measure of success during his
tenure with the Hawks, but his
constant motion from 2004 to 2007 never allowed him to get comfortable with a team again.
successes at Brebeuf and Indiana University
paved the way for his NBA
career, but perhaps this famous Fishers person will be remembered more for his
potential than his