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Jeff Hornacek not considering sending Willy Hernangomez to G League

Second-year New York Knicks big man Willy Hernangomez has seen his minutes decline significantly this season. He’s averaging just 10.7 minutes per game, as coach Jeff Hornacek has put Kyle O’Quinn ahead of the Spaniard in the backup center role with Enes Kanter firmly entrenched as the team’s starter at center.

But even with the limited playing time Hernangomez has been getting, Hornacek says the team is not considering sending him to the G League.

Per Ian Begley of ESPN:

Jeff Hornacek was asked yesterday if big man Willy Hernangomez would ever be sent to the G League to get playing time. He said the organization wasn’t considering it at the moment.

It’s certainly a curious decision from the Knicks to not consider at the very least the possibility of moving Hernangomez to the G League in order to get more minutes under his belt. He does not stand to gain much in terms of development by sitting on the bench game after game. He needs to play, even if it is against slightly lesser competition in the G League.

However, Hernangomez has finally received more minutes with the recent three-game absence of Enes Kanter. Perhaps this could be the beginning of Hornacek finally giving his young big man more significant minutes moving forward.