Dio checks in on the Southeast Division, where the Magic boast a strong group of international talent.
September 14, 2019, 12:14 pmNicolas BatumSG, Charlotte Hornets
According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have been informed that, "The agenda is youth and development."
The article adds that both players will have a chance to compete for minutes but the Hornets' top priority will be to develop their younger players which bodes well for Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, Devonte Graham, P.J. Washington and Willy Hernangomez. Miles was already putting up near top-100 value to close the season at around 25 minutes per game while the rest of the players could all produce fantasy value if given the minutes so they should at least be put on the watch list to see how the preseason plays out.
Source: Charlotte Observer
September 12, 2019, 1:34 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Coach James Borrego said that the Hornets' young guys are going to get an opportunity this year more than ever, whether it comes at the NBA level or G-League.
The entire article is worth the read as Borrego dives into a multitude of topics and what he expects from this season. With the Hornets entering a transition year after losing Kemba Walker, it seems the team will be committed to youth and development. That is a promising outlook for players like Malik Monk, Dwayne Bacon, P.J Washington and Willy Hernangomez.
Source: Charlotte Observer
September 10, 2019, 10:55 amWilly HernangomezC, Charlotte Hornets
Willy Hernangomez scored 18 points and added four rebounds, while his brother Juancho contributed another 14 and three, as Spain had no problem beating Poland 90-78.
Willy did his damage in only 16 minutes while Juancho played at both forward positions in 24 minutes of action. The Hernangomez brothers are slowly taking over the reins from veterans Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez and they will now have a chance to compete for a medal in the next phase of the tournament.
August 31, 2019, 2:23 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio hit 6-of-11 shots for 17 points, nine assists, two steals and three triples in 22 minutes as Spain crushed Tunisia 101-62 on Saturday.
Rubio’s strong play from the exhibition matches continues as Spain showed why they are one of the best teams in the tournament. Marc Gasol also played 24 minutes with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block while the Hernangomez brothers chipped in as well as Willy had an 8-7-5 line in 16 minutes while Juancho scored 13 with eight rebounds in 19 minutes. NBA free agent Salah Mejri was Tunisia’s best player with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes but also had five turnovers.
April 11, 2019, 1:30 amWilly HernangomezC, Charlotte Hornets
Willy Hernangomez didn't play in Wednesday night's season finale vs. the Magic.
Hernangomez showed flashes of greatness but could never really break into the lineup, starting in only three games out of the 58 he played. Hernangomez also only averaged 14.0 minutes per game this season and was behind both Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams in the rotation. Hernangomez finished this season just outside of the top-300 in 9-cat leagues but barely squeaked his way in when it comes to 8-cat. He's still only 24-years old and maybe the Hornets will look to unleash him next season but that's still yet to be seen. He's got potential, but barring an injury to Cody Zeller or a ton of preseason hype, he shouldn't be drafted in most leagues come next season.
April 1, 2019, 11:53 pmWilly HernangomezC, Charlotte Hornets
Willy Hernangomez came off the bench and produced big numbers on Monday, scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block.
Hernangomez is taking advantage of Marvin Williams' (zero points, five rebounds, two steals and a block) awful shooting as of late and may be worth owning as the Hornets close out the year. Coach Borrego is searching for any semblance of production outside of Kemba Walker and Willy has ended the year hot before so he's no stranger to this.
March 31, 2019, 11:33 pmWilly HernangomezC, Charlotte Hornets
Willy Hernangomez scored 22 points on 4-of-8 shooting in 23 minutes in a blowout loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
He made 14 of his 15 attempts from the stripe with five rebounds and one assist. Frank Kaminsky had 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with two triples, two rebounds and two assists. Both guys have produced late-round value over the past two weeks, but Kaminsky is the preferred option of the two for the final stretch of the season.
March 24, 2019, 9:03 pmWilly HernangomezC, Charlotte Hornets
Willy Hernangomez delivered a double-double on Sunday against the Raptors with 13 points, 10 boards, two triples and four assists.
He did his damage in 20 minutes and is starting to push for low-end value with top-160 numbers over the last two weeks. He's only useful if you have an injury as he's only playing three games next week.
March 24, 2019, 12:16 amWilly HernangomezC, Charlotte Hornets
Willy Hernangomez came off the bench on Saturday night for eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes of action.
Hernangomez has been getting DNP-CDs even with Cody Zeller out, so this was a nice change of pace. He remains the highest-upside big on the roster in Charlotte and might start getting some run as the Hornets are desperate for wins, but we wouldn't stake our fantasy teams on it. Frank Kaminsky put up 7-4-4 with a triple while Bismack Biyombo only played nine minutes despite starting.
March 15, 2019, 5:41 pmCody ZellerF/C, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Zeller (left knee strain) will not play on Friday vs. the Wizards while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left knee soreness) is available.
Frank Kaminsky remains the prime beneficiary although Willy Hernangomez, who started the last game Zeller missed, could be a nice play in DFS.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter
March 11, 2019, 10:57 pmWilly HernangomezC, Charlotte Hornets
Replacement starter Willy Hernangomez put up two points, six rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block over 24 minutes in Cody Zeller's stead on Monday.
Keep an eye on Zeller's progress, because Willy can put up some good numbers in a short amount of time. Also filling some of Zeller's minutes, Frank Kaminsky had 15 points in 22 minutes.
February 5, 2019, 9:58 pmWilly HernangomezC, Charlotte Hornets
Willy Hernangomez didn't leave the bench on Tuesday against the Clippers.
It looks like Hernangomez will be the odd man out with Cody Zeller back, though the Clippers are also a pretty bad matchup for him since they only use Marcin Gortat for spot duty. The tinfoil cap crowd might also take note of his night off and correlate that with the Marc Gasol rumors, as a young forward with talent might be an appealing part of a trade package.
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