Hernangomez had 14 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 10 rebounds, and three assists in 17 minutes during Monday's 115-97 loss to the Pacers.
Hernangomez finished with season highs in scoring and rebounding while posting his first double-double of the campaign. Nevertheless, Kristaps Porzingis (ankle/illness) likely won't be sidelined for an extended period of time -- and Hernangomez has already received nine DNP-Coach's Decision designations compared to just seven contests with double-digit minutes.
Hernangomez was a healthy scratch during Monday's 104-101 loss to the Cavaliers.
Hernangomez has appeared in just seven of 13 games, and he is averaging just 9.3 minutes. With starters Enes Kanter and Kristaps Porzingis and backup big Kyle O'Quinn all seeing ample minutes at center and only Porzingis spending time at power forward (among the four bigs), Hernangomez may remain relegated to this limited reserve role unless Kanter or O'Quinn gets injured or traded.
Hernangomez tallied 17 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-11 FT), 12 rebounds and two assists across 21 minutes in Sunday's 117-83 loss to the Nets.
Hernangomez's excellent play Sunday further complicates the storyline concerning who will be the 'ig man under center in New York. While Kristaps Prozingis will often slide into the 5 while playing power forward, a fight for the full-time center seems to be simmering between Hernangomez and newcomer Enes Kanter. Kanter was a healthy scratch Sunday, giving Hernangomez the kind of output that he was expected to give prior to the Kanter trade. Kyle O'Quinn will also siphon minutes away, but the Kanter-Hernangomez story is yet to be resolved.
Hernangomez will start at center in Sunday's preseason against the Nets, Marc Berman of The New York Post reports.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek has been rotating his starting center through the start of the preseason, and Sunday will be Hernangomez's turn at it. The big man is coming off a solid outing in Tuesday's preseason loss to the Nets, where he recorded eight points, 10 rebounds and an assist.
Hernangomez posted eight points (1-5 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, an assist and a steal across eight minutes in Tuesdays 115-107 preseason loss to the Nets.
It was widely rumored that Hernangomez's role would increase this year, but that was before Enes Kanter came over from the Thunder in the Carmelo Anthony deal. Despite that event, Kyle O'Quinn ended up drawing the start under center Tuesday. Although Hernangomez only saw eight minutes on the floor, his presence was stronger than Quinn's in the paint, posting 10 rebounds with minimal time. Its likely Coach Jeff Hornacek will eventually install Kanter as the starting center, with Hernangomez and O'Quinn battling for time. As a result, both big men will take a hit in their overall fantasy value.
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