The Spanish pivot Willy Hernangómez faces his sixth season in the NBA and the second consecutive in the New Orleans Pelicans, where, he says, he has found a “True family” and he hopes to establish himself in the best basketball in the world.
The eldest of the Hernangómez brothers is aware that at the age of 27 the time has come to consolidate and continue to be competitive at the highest level, something that he demonstrated in the second half of last season when he had more opportunities to play.
“As always my main goal will be to become a more complete player that I can dominate each of the facets of the game, but especially my offensive contribution and presence under the hoops “, declared Willy during the Day of the Press.”I had a positive summer being in Tokyo 2020 and now I am ready to help the team in what they need from me, “he said.
Few are the additions the Pelicans have made for the season ahead.
Point guard Devonte Graham and Czech forward Tomas Satoransky have arrived.
“They are both my best friends, I met Graham with the Hornets in Charlotte already Satoransky when we play together in Seville, eight seasons ago, so it’s going to be a really fun season. We have already gone out to dinner together so that they know the city“he commented.
He will also have as a new partner the Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas, the surprise transfer from the Memphis Grizzlies, who will be, without question, the starter of the team and with whom he will have to fight for minutes on the field.
“I like the challenges of playing with the best in order to learn and advance as a professional,” declared Willy. “In the end I will also try to surpass him, always for the benefit of the team,” he added.
Another challenge for the former Real Madrid player is how he will fit this season into the scheme of the team’s new coach, rookie Willie Green, after last season he had to earn the trust of veteran Stan Van Gundy.
“I am very happy with Willie. He’s very humble and straightforward, “Hernangómez said of Green, Monty Williams’ assistant in the Phoenix Suns the past two seasons.
“I think we have a good relationship and we will build it during training camp. As I always tell you, this is a family. We have to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable. We want the same. Work, compete and win games, “he added.