Hernangomez's first season with the Pelicans proved to be a good one, as the center improved his scoring and rebounding numbers from the year before. On the year, the 27-year-old averaged 7.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. Hernangomez played in 47 games, started in 12 games and averaged 18.0 minutes. The first-year Pelican hit a career-best 56.3 percent from the field and made 66.7 percent from the charity stripe. The Spanish product logged 19 double-digit scoring performances and 11 double-doubles. One of Hernangomez's best games of the year came against the Trail Blazers on Feb. 17, where the center recorded a career-high 17 rebounds to go along with 11 points. In that game, Hernangomez matched his career-high of seven offensive rebounds. Another stellar performance from the 27-year-old came on May 7 against the 76ers, where Hernangomez accumulated 11 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a career-high five assists in 24 minutes. Defensively, the center had a strong season, as he tied a career-high of three steals (on April 26 against the Clippers) and three blocks (on Feb. 24 against Detroit). Overall, Hernangomez was an important part of the Pelicans rebounding efforts, as he finished third on his team with 2.5 offensive rebounds per game and forth on his team in total rebounds with 7.1.2019
Hernangomez appeared in 31 games for the Hornets during the 2019-20 season. He averaged 6.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.2 blocks across 12.1 minutes per game. He shot 53.2 percent from the field, made 0.2 threes per game at 22.7 percent and shot 62.7 percent from the free-throw line. Hernangomez set single-game season highs of 15 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one three-pointer. Hernangomez posted double-digit points eight times, double-digit rebounds three times and multiple assists six times. He also posted at least one steal eight times and at least one block seven times. Plus, he had two double-doubles. Hernangomez's longest streak of double-digit points spanned three games from Jan. 28 through Feb. 1. During that stretch, he averaged 11.3 points on 8.0 shots, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 18.8 minutes. In the five contests in which Hernangomez saw 20-plus minutes, he averaged 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists.2018
The 2018-19 season was Willy Hernangomez's first full season with the Charlotte Hornets. Midway through the 2017-18 season, the Knicks traded the big Spaniard to Charlotte, and he appeared in 22 games for the Hornets. For 2018-19, Hernangomez appeared in 58 games for Charlotte, producing 7.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.3 blocks over 14 minutes per contest. Most of that production came from off the bench, as the 6-foot-11 center started in only three of those 58 games. On Mar. 31, Hernangomez scored a season-high 22 points, to go along with five rebounds, in a road loss to the Warriors. The Spaniard delivered four double-doubles during the 2018-19 season. That included a 19-point, 10-rebound effort on Dec. 23 during a road loss to the Celtics. Hernangomez has one more year remaining on his contract. Willy's Hornets finished 39-43 and just missed qualifying for the playoffs.2017
In his second NBA season, Hernangomez served as a reserve big man first for the Knicks and then the Hornets following a February trade. In New York, he appeared in 26 games and averaged 9.0 minutes per night off the bench. The Spaniard would also average 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Following the trade to Charlotte, Hernangomez saw his playing time increase to 11.9 minutes per night across 22 games, and he picked up one start. He upped his production with the extra time on the court, averaging 6.1 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Hornets. Hernangomez was an effective scorer in both stops, shooting 55.5 percent from the field across all 48 appearances. He also knocked down 41.7 percent of his 3-pointers. Hernangomez scored a season-high 17 points on Mar. 19. He also recorded 10 double-figure scoring performances, with eight of those coming in a Charlotte uniform. Hernangomez also racked up five matchups with 10 or more rebounds, hitting a season-high 12 boards on two different occasions.2016
After being drafted in the second round (35th overall) by the Sixers in 2015, Hernangomez was traded to the Knicks on draft night, but he spent another year playing pro ball in Spain before coming to the States. Upon joining the Knicks, Hernangomez turned in an effective rookie season mostly as a reserve, averaging 8.2 points with 7.0 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks across 18.4 minutes per game. Across his 72 games (22 starts), he shot a laudable 52.9 percent from the field and sank 72.8 percent of his free throws. The Spanish center made an impact early. On Nov. 9, playing in his fourth NBA game, he racked up 14 points, six rebounds, a steal and two blocks in just 14:51 on the court against Brooklyn. Two nights later, Nov. 11, he narrowly missed his first NBA double-double with an eight-point, 12-rebound performance against Boston. On Jan. 18, again playing the Celtics, Hernangomez successfully notched his first double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in less than 20 minutes on the court. He proceeded to rack up another three double-doubles over the next seven games, notching a pair of 16-rebound efforts (his season high, achieved three times overall) in the process. Hernangomez twice poured in a season-high 24 points, double-doubling both times. On Mar. 25 against the Spurs, he knocked down 11-of-16 shots en route to 24 points, 13 boards, a steal and a block. A couple weeks later, Apr. 9 against Toronto, he scored 24 again, this time with 11 rebounds plus a season-high-tying five assists and three steals. All in all, Hernangomez scored in double digits 25 times and netted double-digit rebounds 22 times, with those occasions overlapping for 11 double-doubles. In recognition of his fine play, Hernangomez was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in April and made the All-Rookie First Team.