This looks to be a low-risk, high-reward move for the Knicks, who are in desperate need of more talent while not necessarily having the salary cap space that is required to do so. Even though he hasn't put it together completely, Hezonja still boasts plenty of potential and had his best NBA season last year in Orlando, averaging 9.6 points per game while shooting 33.7 percent from behind the arc. The Knicks have quite a few wings players currently on their roster, including Tim Hardaway and Courtney Lee, but there is a chance the team shifts their focus to the development of its younger talent, which could lead to Hezonja ultimately taking on a larger role at some point during the 2018-19 season should he continue to show improvement.
Hezonja scored 15 points (3-9 FG, 3-5 3PT, 6-7 FT) to go with eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and five turnovers in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 101-92 win against Washington.
Hezonja finished the season strong, averaging 13.8 points while starting the final six games of the season. In the end, the forward averaged a career-high 9.6 points while playing a career-best 22.1 minutes in 75 games. Hezonja benefited from the absence of Evan Fournier over the last month of the season. Looking ahead, the impending free agent reached the off-season on a strong note.
Hezonja produced 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, three rebounds and a steal in 28 minutes during Sunday's 112-101 loss to the Raptors.
Hezonja has performed well in Evan Fournier's (knee) absence, and he's averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in the 14 games since Fournier was injured. Fournier won't see the floor again this season so Hezonja will continue to start, but he carries risk as a DFS play due to his volatile stat lines.
Hezonja totaled 12 points (5-14 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals across 35 minutes during a 105-100 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday.
Hezonja received another start and had a strong all-around effort despite a poor shooting percentage. His three blocks matched a season high. Hezonja would continue to benefit if the team continues sitting a wide variety of players to close out the season.
Hezonja will start at small forward for Tuesday's matchup with the Knicks.
The Magic will be without the likes of Jonathon Simmons (wrist), Jonathan Isaac (ankle) and Evan Fournier (knee), so Hezonja will draw the start and should see big minutes. For that reason, he'll see a temporary uptick in playing time and production, which gives him plenty of utility for DFS contests Tuesday.
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