It looks like the New York Knicks have figured out how to get Willy Hernangomez more involved.
While the New York Knicks have had a solid season so far, they need to figure out how to get center Willy Hernangomez more minutes, due to the fact that he’s one of their best young players and he’s stuck behind Kyle O’Quinn and Enes Kanter in their normal rotation.
Knicks’ head coach Jeff Hornacek told the media this week that they might end up going with a bigger line up even if opposing teams go smaller.
“We have to figure out if going small against these teams is to our benefit or just powerball it,’’ Hornacek said after their win over the Mavs, via the NY Post. “Billy got in there. Our centers, Enes, KO provided 21 points 28 rebounds. We have to look at that as we move forward. If we don’t go small, just bullyball it.’’
Hernangomez is a fan of Hornacek’s new plan.
“I like it,’’ Hernangomez told The Post. “It would be more of a chance for me to play. I think sometimes we have to use our advantage. We have a lot of big guys — KO [Kyle O’Quinn], Enes [Kanter], KP [Kristaps Porzingis] and me. We could use our height instead of going small against a small team. I think it’s a great idea. Hopefully we can do it.”
With the Knicks having a hard time closing games out over the past few weeks, I like Hornacek’s idea of going big. With New York’s greatest strength being at the center position, they need to get Kanter, O’Quinn, Hernangomez and even Joakim Noah more involved.
It will be interesting to see how much Hernangomez plays on Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls.
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