Hernangomez compiled just seven points, eight rebounds, and one assist in 13 minutes during Friday's 127-96 loss to Portland.
Hernangomez disappointed again Friday, seeing just 13 minutes of playing time in the embarrassing loss. When Cody Zeller (hand) went down it was hoped Hernangomez would step into a larger role. Thus far he is yet to show much on either end of the floor and he is at best a streaming option. If you are holding onto him and deciding whether to pick up a hot free agent, this performance may have made that decision a lot easier.
This was the type of performance the Hornets and fantasy owners were looking for from Hernangomez when he got first crack at the starting center job following Cody Zeller's hand injury on New Year's Eve. The third-year big has ceded the first-unit spot at the five to veteran Bismack Biyombo over the last two games after a six-point, 10-rebound effort against the Mavericks as a starter last Wednesday, but Sunday's production may vault him back into the top job. The difference for Hernangomez versus the Suns was shooting, with the 24-year-old posting a 66.7 percent success rate that outpaced the 40.0 percent figure he generated over the previous pair of contests. Hernangomez's next opportunity to re-enter the starting five will come Tuesday night against the Clippers.
Hernangomez will come off the bench Wednesday against the Nuggets.
Coach James Borrego will opt to start Bismack Biyombo against Nikola Jokic, while bringing Hernangomez off the pine. The starting center spot may continue to change on a game-to-game basis while Cody Zeller (hand) is out.
Hernangomez has been confirmed as the starting center Wednesday against the Mavericks.
As expected, Hernangomez will get the nod with Cody Zeller (hand) out and will likely continue occupying the spot for the remainder of Zeller's absence. That said, coach James Borrego noted that Frank Kaminsky and Bismack Biyombo will be in the fold as well, so it's possible Hernangomez sees minutes in the low-to-mid 20s, rather than closer to 30 minutes per night. Still, Hernangomez doesn't need much time to rack up numbers. In four games this season seeing over 20 minutes, he's averaged 13.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks while shooting 63.6 percent from the field.
Teammate Tony Parker said after Wednesday's morning shootaround that Hernangomez would start at center for the Hornets in the team's matchup with the Mavericks later in the evening, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Confirmation on the Hornets' starting five should come at some point shortly before the 7 p.m. EST tipoff, but Hernangomez also seemed to be the top choice for the top-unit center role after Cody Zeller exited the team's previous game Monday against the Magic with a fractured right hand. Such injuries usually carry multiple-week recovery timetables, so Hernangomez should have his best opportunity of the season to draw steady playing time in the frontcourt. It's worth noting, however, that coach James Borrego hinted after Tuesday's practice that Frank Kaminsky and Bismack Biyombo could see more run at the position when an outside-shooting or defensive-minded presence, respectively, is needed down low, so Hernangomez may not match the 26.2 minutes per game Zeller averaged throughout December. That said, even if Hernangomez can get to 20 minutes most outings, it might be enough for him to challenge for consistent double-double production.
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