20 - Dewan Hernandez


  • Birthday: 12/9/96
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 235
  • Hometown: Miami, FL
  • High School: Norland
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NBA Comparison: Miles Plumlee

Strengths: Significantly improved his scoring from freshman to sophomore year from 5.8 to 11.4 points per game … Also improved his rebounding from 3.1 to 6.7 rebounds… Showed his athleticism in the G League Elite Camp and then the NBA Combine … Great vertical leap with a 30.5-inch standing vert and a 35.5-inch max vert at the Combine … Scored 14 and 18 points with 5 and 10 rebounds in the Combine scrimmages… Decent shot blocker and averaged .9 blocks in his two seasons … Good roll man in the screen-and-roll … Runs the floor very well in transition … Is quick for his size, has the speed to stay with guards … Can be a good lob catcher … Shot shows some potential to improve ...

Weaknesses: Older player, will be 23 in December … Was ineligible to play his junior year due to the adidas corruption scandal, and he will need to shake off some rust from a lack of full speed play … Is a bit undersized for the center position lacking ideal height and weight ... Did not shoot the 3-ball in college, however, he has said he worked on his outside shot during his year away from college ball… Not a great free throw shooter, shot 67.5% in his two seasons at Miami… Will need to improve his rebounding positioning… Is not the strongest player out there, even in college, will have to bulk up to battle with NBA bigs …

Outlook: Dewan Hernandez has loads of upside. He was drafted with the 59th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors after a strong showing in the NBA Combine ... Even though he is on the older side (22 years old), he will likely need to shake off some rust after not playing the 2018-19 college season at University of Miami after getting caught up in the Adidas corruption scandal ... Expect to see him in the G League on a good Raptors 905 for at least the next year. If he can develop his outside shot then his athleticism should carry him into a deep bench role with the NBA team ...

Notes: Measured 6'10.5 (in shoes) 212 lbs, with a 7'0 wingspan at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy ... Measured 6'9, 214 lbs with a 6'10 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Elite 100 ... Born Dec 9, 1996 in Miami, Florida … Went to Miami Norland High School where he averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds as a senior … Was a McDonald’s All-American in 2016… Averaged 8.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in two years at Miami… He was caught up in the corruption scandal and was forced to sit out his junior year at Miami, however, it was too late for him to go elsewhere to play … Participated in the G League Elite Camp and was one of ten players from there to be invited to the Draft Combine due to his performance … Was drafted with the 59th overall selection in 2019 by the Toronto Raptors …

Ben Yokoyama 7/10/19

Strengths: He has great length at the center position ... He has nice mobility for someone his size ... He improved the strength of his base from earlier in his college career ... He was a very efficient player, he shot over 50% from the field in his two college years ... He was a solid rim protector when he was on the floor ... He is a solid finisher around the rim ... He’s able to score off the dribble adequately ... He has good handles for a player his size ... He’s great at scoring on the move ... He’s a good rebounder, he’s shown a good nose for the ball ...

Weaknesses: He needs to expand upon his shooting range ... He didn’t hit a single three point attempt in his 2 years ... He needs to add more moves to his arsenal in the post ... He needs to improve on his ability to pass the basketball to make himself more versatile……. He doesn’t always commit to getting on the boards consistently ... He’s not an elite rim protector ... At times on the defensive end of the floor, he can be very undisciplined getting out of position ... He missed an entire year of basketball, as well as having potential character issues after getting arrested ... He must improve on his ability to shoot free throws so he won’t become a victim of hack a Shaq strategy ...

Outlook: Normally a team coming off an NBA championship won’t be adding a rookie into the rotation right out of the gate. He will have to earn playing time as a power forward. If he can develop a reliable three point jumpshot, he can potentially work his way into minutes as a stretch five. With Kawhi leaving, the Raptors will be looking to rebuild their team around Pascal Siakam.

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