Juancho Hernangomez
Juancho Hernangomez
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Denver Nuggets
Injury Abdomen
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Between injuries and an illness, Hernangomez only appeared in 25 games for the Nuggets last season. He didn't look quite right when he played, seeing most of his stats regress from a rookie campaign where he shot 46-of-113 (40.7 percent) from beyond the arc. However, much of that could be chalked up to him presumably playing at less than 100 percent. Wilson Chandler being traded away to Philadelphia opens up some frontcourt minutes, but it will still be difficult for Hernangomez to find significant run at power forward (his primary position) with Paul Millsap still around. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.06 million contract with the Nuggets in August of 2016. Nuggets exercised $2.17 million team option for 2018-19 in September of 2017. Nuggets exercised $3.32 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Undergoes core muscle surgery
FDenver Nuggets
May 16, 2019
Hernangomez has undergone core muscle surgery, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Kosmider notes that the injury hampered Hernangomez's play around the All-Star break. He did have a strong beginning of the season, starting 25 straight games from Nov. 11 through Jan. 5, shooting 42.5 percent from distance for 11.2 points per game. However, after the break, he appeared in only 21 games and hit just 22.2 percent of his field goals. Hernangomez will presumably be healthy for the beginning of training camp.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hernangomez showed some glimpses of brilliance last season, as he averaged 12.0 points per game in the 11 games he played at least 24.0 minutes. That was emphasized by a 27-point, 10-rebound performance in February, in which Hernangomez set fire against the Golden State Warriors. He went 6-of-10 from three-point range in that blowout win, which is where Hernangomez really shows his versatility. At 6'9”, Hernangomez went 46-of-113 from long distance for the season, which is an impressive mark since he played under 14.0 minutes per game. Things really opened up for Hernangomez too, as he should see an uptick in playing time with Danilo Gallinari leaving to play for the Clippers. He'll likely compete with Will Barton for minutes at small forward behind Wilson Chandler, though he could see some time at power forward as well despite the crowded depth chart. At just 21-years-old, Hernangomez should still be on the rise and with in increase in playing time in store following the departure of Gallinari, he should see a bump in production across the board.
Hernangomez, 21, spent last season in Spain before being selected by the Nuggets with the 15th overall pick in the draft. At 6-foot-9, Hernangomez has the size to fill both forward spots, but he still has plenty of room to add weight and is probably best suited to play power forward while he adjusts to the NBA three-point line. Just how much he'll play remains to be seen, though, as he joins a Nuggets roster flush with depth at virtually every position. Hernangomez will have to compete for minutes with fellow versatile talents Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, as well as Darrell Arthur and Kenneth Faried. As a result, 2016-17 projects to be mostly a developmental year for Hernangomez, making him an interesting commodity largely only in dynasty formats.
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Doesn't play in Thursday's win
FDenver Nuggets
March 21, 2019
Hernangomez (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the floor during Thursday's 113-108 win over the Wizards.
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Plays six minutes in return
FDenver Nuggets
January 24, 2019
Hernangomez (abdomen) logged six minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Nuggets' 114-108 loss to the Jazz, finishing with one steal and one block.
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Available Wednesday
FDenver Nuggets
January 23, 2019
Hernangomez (abdomen) is available for Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
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May return Wednesday
FDenver Nuggets
January 22, 2019
Hernangomez (abdomen) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
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Won't play Saturday
FDenver Nuggets
January 19, 2019
Hernangomez (abdomen) was ruled out for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers.
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