The New York Knicks traded for the draft rights to Guillermo “Willy” Hernangomez, who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 35th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Hernangomez, 21, is a big and skilled 6’11” center from Spain. He spent this season playing alongside Kristaps Porzingis, New York’s pick at No. 4, in Sevilla, where he was on loan from Real Madrid.
Hernangomez is under contract with Real Madrid — the Euroleague and ACB Champions — next season, so he will likely be a draft-and-stash prospect for the Knicks.
Although Knicks fans will have to be patient, Hernangomez is a promising young center. In the ACB, he is already producing at the same rate as Luis Scola, Tiago Splitter and Nikola Mirotic.
7 guys in ACB history posted a PER of 20 at age 20 or prior: Stanley Roberts, Splitter, R. Fernandez, Rubio, Mirotic, Scola, W. Hernangomez.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 29, 2015
Hernangomez averaged 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game this season with Sevilla. His best game was against European powerhouse FC Barcelona, when he became the youngest player in ACB history to post 29 points and 13 rebounds in a game.
Hernangomez isn’t a good defender right now, and he will likely never become a great one. However, he will be spending a lot time with Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka in Spanish national team training, so he should learn and improve in the coming years.
For more on what Hernangomez faces in his ACB-to-NBA transition, check out this article, featuring interviews with Kristaps Porzingis, Ricky Rubio and more.