The New York Knicks completed its fourth practice of training camp earlier today and to no ones surprise the story lines have been all over the map. Sticking with how things are progressing on the basketball court, there are a few new faces in town looking to carve out a role on the 2016-17 team.
One of the more intriguing players joining the Knicks this season is Spanish Big Man and former Kristaps Prozingis teammate Willy Hernangomez. The 6’10, 22-year Center was acquired by the team on draft night in 2015 but played for Real Madrid last year in the Liga ACB.
After only a handful of NBA practices, Knicks’ Head Coach Jeff Hornaceck is already singing his praises:
Jeff Hornacek says reserve big man Willy Hernangomez “looks like he’s a 10-year vet out there in terms of his calmness when he’s playing.”
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 1, 2016
We’re not 100% sure if John Stockton’s former backcourt mate just loves to hype it up or if he genuinely feels this way, but we’ll probably know soon enough. Hernangomez’s poise and calm demeanor do make sense though considering he just competed in the Rio Olympics with Spain’s national team and has been a member of Real Madrid, an elite organization, for a couple seasons now.
You also can’t teach height and with his current ability to rebound and play more of a traditional post position, the Knicks will be hoping to develop him even further. It’s early but so far Phil Jackson’s “draft and stash” strategy with Willy Hernangomez seems like a good move. Here is a more detailed look at what the 22-year old can do.