PF Juancho Hernangomez (Spain)
The Raptors may have given Hernangomez a guaranteed contract in the offseason, but the among of money being forked over is small enough to where they could cut bait if a more impressive bench player rises. Juancho hasn’t done the most amazing job of impressing Toronto following a strong start.
Hernangomez averaged 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in Eurobasket competition and 12 total points in two qualifiers for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Scoring five points in 21 minutes in a victory against the Netherlands doesn’t exactly scream “NBA rotation player.”
Toronto Raptors: Juancho Hernangomez needs to prove himself.
Hernangomez was outperformed by his brother Willy in these games. Despite being coached by a former Raptors assistant in Sergio Scariolo, who may have thrown a few Nick Nurse tips and tricks into his gameplan, Hernangomez has not come out firing.
With most of his value being tied up in what he can do offensively, Juancho can’t afford to have a bunch of extra duds in competitions like these. If Hernangomez can light it up from three, he’ll come screaming into this important preseason with tons of momentum.