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New Orleans Pelicans | #9 | Center-Forward











6'11" | 250lb | 27 years

Player Bio

Guillermo (Willy) Gustavo Hernangomez was born in 1994 in Madrid to Guillermo Hernangomez Heredero and Margarita Geuer. He has a younger brother, Juan, who was drafted by the Nuggets in 2016 and a younger sister, Andrea, who has played for the Spanish national junior team. Hernangomez began his pro career at Real Madrid with two years on their reserve squad before being loaned out to Cajasol Sevilla the following two seasons. He returned to Real for one year after being selected by the 76ers in the 2015 Draft and then signed with the Knicks, who had acquired his rights. Hernangomez has represented Spain and has won gold at the 2011 FIBA Europe U-18 Championship, 2015 FIBA EuroBasket, and 2019 FIBA World Cup. He also earned a bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. You can follow him on Twitter (@willyhg94) and Instagram (@willyhernangomez). Hernangomez may have first landed as a member of the Spanish team in the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship or 2012 Albert Schweitzer Tournament. In the latter, he was named to the All-Tournament Team, while he earned a gold medal at the former. In his professional career, he played for Real Madrid for five seasons. He played for their reserve team for two seasons. In 2013, the 6-foot-11 forward was loaned to Cajasol Sevilla by Real Madrid. He played for the senior team with Real Madrid for one season in 2015-16. He averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds during Spanish ACB League play in 34 games. For the second straight year, he was named to the ACB All-Young Players Team. After the season, he declared for the 2015 NBA Draft as a 21-year-old and was selected with the 35th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. His rights were later traded to the New York Knicks on draft night.