After many thought the Sixers would move back into the first round, Sam Hinkie ended up standing pat with his next pick at #35, whether by choice or by necessity, and grabbed Guillermo Hernangomez, the 21-year-old center from Spain. This being Sam Hinkie, of course, he traded him to the New York Knicks for two future 2nd round picks according to Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal before this article could be completed. Excitement runs rampant through the streets.
Brooklyn also traded two future second rounders to trade to #39, so that appears to be the going rate this year.
Here's what I had written pre-trade:
Hernangomez played with Kristaps Porzingis on Sevilla in the ACB. He averaged 10.2 points and 6.2 boards a game in 21 minutes a night this season in ACB play.
He has good size for a center at 6-11, 255 pounds with a 7-1 wingspan. Hernangomez, as you may suspect, is a draft-and-stash player, with no immediate word as to when he's expected to make his presence felt in the United States.
For more, we turn to our friends at DraftExpress:
Hernangomez's physical profile, coupled with his budding offensive skill level makes him a serviceable, fairly well-rounded offensive center, even if he still has plenty of room to grow. Half of Hernangomez's possessions come from a balanced diet of post ups and rolls to rim, with another significant portion of his offensive production coming from cuts and put backs. He was the only player in the ACB to use 80 total possessions in both situations according to Synergy Sports Technology—evidence of how his ability to exploit his size and mobility helped him on the offensive end.
In the post, the near 7-footer does his best work before the catch. Able to simply bury defenders under the rim times, he makes things easy for himself inside by being physical. More than just a bully, Hernangomez possesses good touch, uses fakes well, and has a variety of moves he uses to score over either shoulder with his back to the basket. Shooting a solid, but not spectacular 44.7% from the block, he struggles to score over length at times and has plenty of room to tighten up his one-on-one scoring repertoire. Nonetheless, his footwork and the variety of moves in his arsenal leave some room for optimism about his ability to create for himself at the NBA level.
Here's his scouting video, also compliments of DraftExpress: