The Sophomore Campaign of Willy Hernangomez

Willy Hernangomez was a bright spot in a dark Knicks season, but how good can he really be?

The fortunes of the New York Knicks over the course of the 2017-18 season will be primarily concerned with the fates of three players: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, and rookie Frank Ntilikina. In Melo’s case, the franchise is no longer tied to his performance on the court but rather what they can get in a trade (spoiler: it won’t be much). KP, on the other hand, is set to be the team centerpiece while Frank will hopefully show signs of being a solid contributor on both sides of the ball.

But lost in that shuffle is another Knick whose season might cast an outsize shadow on the future outlook of the team. That player, of course, is one Willy (pronounced Billy) Hernangomez (pronounced Hernangomez) who will be entering his second year in the NBA. Prior to Willy being drafted by the Sixers and promptly having his rights traded to the Knicks he was best known for having played alongside Porzingis for CB Sevilla. He came into the 2016 rookie class relatively unheralded but ended up demonstrating a very mature post-game, elite footwork, and a rapacious rebounding rate.