Willy Hernangomez
25-Year-Old CenterC
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite being healthy for almost all of the 2018-19 season, Hernangomez appeared in just 58 games for the Hornets, as head coach James Borrego began utilizing fellow big man Frank Kaminsky more often in the rotation, which cut into Hernangomez's playing time. Despite ultimately seeing just 14.0 minutes per game, Hernangomez still posted solid numbers on the season, averaging 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. That made for career-best per-36 averages of 18.7 points and 13.8 rebounds. Now, with Kaminsky gone to Phoenix, there are frontcourt minutes up for grabs this season behind assumed starter Cody Zeller, and with Zeller having only played 82 total games over the last two seasons, there will likely be starter's minutes up for grabs should Zeller miss time once again. Hernangomez will surely be competing with veteran center Bismack Biyombo for those minutes, and his workload and resulting value during the 2019-20 season relies entirely on whether or not he can beat out the big man from the Congo. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $5.86 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2016. Traded to the Hornets in February of 2018.
Solid production in Monday's loss
CCharlotte Hornets
April 1, 2019
Hernangomez produced 15 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-8 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 21 minutes during Monday's 111-102 loss to Utah.
Hernangomez had another strong outing Monday, putting up numbers across the board in the nine-point loss. He has looked better over the past few games despite still coming off the bench. Bismack Biyombo continues to start for some reason but it has been Hernangomez who has stepped up with Cody Zeller (knee) on the sidelines. The Hornets are all but done in terms of playoff basketball and Zeller is certainly at risk of missing the remainder of the regular season. Hernangomez is worth a look in competitive formats if you need some cheap big man stats.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
An early-season elbow injury and late-season Achilles injury limited the veteran to 64 games during his 10th season. While he was still able to provide all-around production -- 11.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 threes, 1.0 steals -- each of those categories, except for steals, represented his lowest marks since joining the Hornets in 2015-16. Fantasy owners who are optimistic about Batum can likely chalk up the down year to injuries and the presence of Dwight Howard. Pessimists can point to the fact that Batum is turning 30 and hasn't shot better than 42.6 percent from the field since 2013-14 -- what are the odds he’s getting better? Regardless, Howard’s departure without significant replacement should vault Batum’s usage up to the levels we saw during previous campaigns with Charlotte, where he posted 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.9 threes and 1.0 steals per tilt.
Hernangomez was one of the bright spots of a 2016-17 season that wasn't too kind to the Knicks. With starting center Joakim Noah playing just 46 games, that allowed Hernangomez to play a fairly sizable role at center. After seeing just spot minutes earlier in the season, Hernangomez's role grew throughout the latter stages and over the last 31 games of the season he actually averaged an impressive 11.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 24.6 minutes. That was nearly a double-double, which is certainly tough for any rookie to do. Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Hernangomez is going to have a big opportunity ahead of him. Noah is going to miss the first 12 games of the year on suspension, which likely means Hernangomez will start at center if the Knicks opt to use Kristpas Porzingis at power forward. That should allow Hernangomez to take on a similar workload to what he averaged over the final half of last season, giving him plenty of potential as a double-double threat on any given night. Hernangomez did shoot just 72.5 percent from the free-throw line last season, and didn't do much as a rim protector, but his point and rebound numbers should give him value in the mid-to-late rounds as a sleeper pick at center.
Hernangomez, a second-round draft pick in 2015, reached a contract this summer with the Knicks and is set to serve in a reserve role in the frontcourt during his rookie year. He’ll immediately find a familiar face in budding star Kristaps Porzingis, who Hernangomez played alongside with Spanish club Real Madrid in 2014-15. He’ll now serve in a backup capacity behind Porzingis and starting center Joakim Noah, while battling Kyle O’Quinn for minutes off the bench. Hernangomez occupied a similar role for the Spanish squad during the 2016 Summer Olympics, averaging 6.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. As Hernangomez transitions to the NBA, he’s unlikely to see significant minutes on a consistent enough basis to yield any lasting fantasy value.
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Scores team-high 22 points Sunday
CCharlotte Hornets
March 31, 2019
Hernangomez totaled 22 points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 14-15 FT), five rebounds, and one assist in 23 minutes during Sunday's 137-90 loss to the Warriors.
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Double-double, four dimes in win
CCharlotte Hornets
March 24, 2019
Hernangomez had 13 points (4-8 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, and four assists in 20 minutes during Sunday's 115-114 win over the Raptors.
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Drops out of rotation
CCharlotte Hornets
February 6, 2019
Hernangomez (coach's decision) failed to see the floor Tuesday in the Hornets' 117-115 loss to the Clippers.
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Drops double-double on old team
CCharlotte Hornets
January 28, 2019
Hernangomez registered 11 points (5-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds and one block across 21 minutes in Monday's 101-92 victory over the Knicks.
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Puts up double-double off bench
CCharlotte Hornets
January 18, 2019
Hernangomez supplied 11 points (4-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 16 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 26 minutes Thursday in the Hornets' 114-95 win over the Kings.
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