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Mario Hezonja | Forward | #8

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/25/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 218
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 1 (5) / ORL
Contract: view contract details

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Knicks coach David Fizdale said Mario Hezonja needs to work on his decision-making.
"It may be moments where he’s sound in certain areas and then he might take a gamble at a steal or a home run at shooting a three, or a home run no-look pass," Fizdale said. "It’s just getting him to see when we need a base hit and when we need a home run." Fizdale did praise Hezonja for his work ethic and called him a "serious competitor," but now we have an idea of why his minutes have been all over the place. Nov 12 - 9:33 AM

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Tim Hardaway Jr. (back) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Bulls.

THJ exited Sunday's game with the back issue, and he acknowledged after shootaround that he's still sore. He'll go through his pregame routine before an official decision is made, but the odds are against him with this being the second leg of a back-to-back set. If he's out, there will be more opportunity for guys like Allonzo Trier and Mario Hezonja. Stay tuned.
Nov 5 - 6:02 PM

Kevin Knox (left ankle) has advanced to going through shooting drills and non-contact, on-court work.

Knox is hopeful to get back to the court by early-November, but he remains without an official timetable and the Knicks aren't in any rush to get him back. While he's out, Damyean Dotson and Mario Hezonja will pick up the majority of his minutes, and both those guys are on the radar in deep leagues. Knox wasn't playing all that well prior to going down, so he's not necessarily worth holding if you don't have an IR-spot.
Oct 30 - 2:45 PM

Lance Thomas (sore left knee) had six points, six rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes vs. Miami on Wednesday.

The absence of Kevin Knox (ankle) and Isaiah Hicks (groin) has opened up minutes at forward, but Thomas has done little to put a stranglehold on a starting job. Mario Hezonja or Noah Vonleh could get a look as the starting PF, and of this bunch Hezonja is the guy with the most upside.
Source: NY Post
Oct 24 - 10:54 PM

Steve Clifford has agreed to a four-year deal with the Magic.

Well, that didn't take too long for Clifford to find his next gig. He was an assistant coach with the Magic under Stan Van Gundy from 2007-2012, so he has some history being in Orlando, and it'll be interesting to see if he's able to turn things around for a franchise coming off its sixth consecutive losing season. Something we'll be watching closely over training camp and the preseason will be Mario Hezonja and Jonathan Isaac fit into Clifford's rotations.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 9:52 AM

Head coach Frank Vogel said that D.J. Augustin, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic will not play "big minutes" on Wednesday.

In other words, the vets will have their minutes limited as Orlando tanks away the final game of their season, making these guys tough to trust in DFS. This is good news for Mario Hezonja and Khem Birch, though.
Apr 11 - 12:39 PM

Evan Fournier (left knee), Jonathan Isaac (ankle) and Jonathon Simmons (wrist) will miss Orlando's regular-season finale against Washington.

Fournier never got back to the court after going down with a knee sprain on March 8, and both Isaac and Simmons have been out for a while now. Mario Hezonja will continue to log big minutes with all these guys out, and he's on the radar in DFS with what should be an uptempo matchup against the Wizards.
Apr 11 - 12:06 PM

Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon will be in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with Milwaukee.

The Magic are on the second leg of a back-to-back set, so there was some fear that one of these guys could hit the sidelines, but that will not be the case. Joining these two in the starting five will be Mario Hezonja, D.J. Augustin and Wes Iwundu.
Apr 9 - 6:49 PM

Aaron Gordon (sore right calf) and Nikola Vucevic (low back tightness) are listed as probable for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

Gordon and Vooch were surprise scratches for the Magic on Friday, as Orlando attempts to tank its way towards more ping pong balls. However, they will both be back in action Sunday. No word yet on their availability for Monday's game vs. Milwaukee, which is the second night of a back-to-back. Mario Hezonja and Jamel Artis will see their playing time reduced with Gordon back in the mix.
Apr 7 - 11:30 AM

Jonathan Isaac (ankle) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

This will be Isaac's second straight game on the sidelines, and for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Thursday's game against the Hornets. Evan Fournier (knee), Terrence Ross (knee) and Jonathon Simmons (wrist) will also be watching tonight's game in street clothes, so Mario Hezonja and Wes Iuwundu figure to earn another start with Khem Birch seeing extended minutes.
Apr 4 - 11:11 AM

Jonathon Simmons (wrist) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Mavericks.

Both the Magic and Mavericks will be sitting out a handful of players as each team battles for the worst overall record. Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja should see plenty of minutes and opportunity on offense tonight while Khem Birch will have the opportunity for minutes in the mid-20s. This will be Simmons' eighth consecutive game on the sidelines, and he might be done for the year.
Apr 4 - 11:05 AM

Jonathan Isaac (ankle) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

Isaac returned to the Magic's lineup over the weekend, only to injure his left ankle in Sunday's loss to Atlanta. Isaac has shown promise during his rookie campaign, but has been unable to stay healthy. Tuesday's contest will be the 50th game he's missed this season due to foot/ankle issues. Mario Hezonja will soak up additional playing time with Isaac sidelined.
Apr 3 - 12:21 PM

Jonathon Simmons (wrist) has been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. Atlanta.

This will be the sixth straight game Simmons has missed due to the wrist injury. And the fact that he has been ruled out 24 hours ahead of this game, is a sign that's he's not all that close to returning to action. He belongs on the waiver wire in all standard fantasy formats at this point. Mario Hezonja and Rodney Purvis will continue to soak up extra minutes.
Mar 31 - 2:02 PM

Rodney Purvis will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

Wes Iwundu (illness) is sitting this one out, so Purvis will draw the start and he'll be joined by D.J. Augustin, Mario Hezonja, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Purvis did have a nice 19-point, three-triple game against the 76ers last Thursday, so he could be someone to consider streaming or throwing out there in DFS with a favorable matchup against Brooklyn.
Mar 28 - 5:25 PM

Jonathon Simmons (wrist) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Nets.

Simmons was able to do some light practicing on Monday, but will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday night. He is inching closer to a return but should be left on waivers, as roster spots are incredibly valuable during the fantasy playoffs. Shelvin Mack and Mario Hezonja are the primary beneficiaries with Simmons sidelined.
Mar 27 - 1:05 PM

Jonathan Isaac (foot) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Nets.

Isaac has missed each of Orlando's last two games and was unable to practice on Monday due to lingering pain in his foot. Isaac has also dealt with a serious ankle injury that sidelined him for two-plus months earlier this season. Expect the Magic to be extremely cautious with their prized rookie over the final three weeks of the season. Khem Birch and Mario Hezonja will soak up extra playing time if Isaac is ruled out of Wednesday's contest.
Mar 27 - 10:31 AM

Jonathon Simmons (right wrist contusion) did not practice on Wednesday and is being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the 76ers.

Simmons sat out Tuesday's game, which resulted in Arron Afflalo drawing the start, but he didn't really do anything while he was out there. Simmons skipping Wednesday's practice isn't a great sign regarding his status for tomorrow's game, and if he's out again, it'll be Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic running the show on offense with more minutes falling to Jonathan Isaac and Mario Hezonja. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround.
Mar 21 - 1:30 PM

Arron Afflalo will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Raptors, with Jonathon Simmons (wrist) unavailable.

Joining Afflalo in the starting five will be D.J. Augustin, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vuceciv. While Afflalo will be drawing the start tonight, we'd expect Mario Hezonja to pick up the majority of Simmons' minutes, so he's a far more attractive target than the 32-year-old veteran.
Mar 20 - 6:36 PM

Jonathon Simmons (right wrist contusion) is questionable to play Tuesday vs. Toronto.

If Simmons can't play on Tuesday, the Magic will be desperate for some offense, so we could see guys like Mario Hezonja and Nikola Vucevic see a serious uptick in usage. Jonathan Isaac could also see a slight uptick in minutes if Simmons sits. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Mar 19 - 5:08 PM

Evan Fournier (left knee sprain) and Terrence Ross (right knee) are still "not close" to making a return to the court.

Fournier has been out since March 8, and with no clear return date in sight, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues; the same goes for Ross. Jonathon Simmons and Mario Hezonja will pick up the slack in their absence, with Simmons offering a bit more upside.
Mar 19 - 3:26 PM

Aaron Gordon (concussion) has not cleared concussion protocol and will not play Tuesday vs. the Spurs.

There was some hope that Gordon would be cleared to play Tuesday night after he went through the contact-practice phase of the NBA concussion protocol on Monday. However, that won't be the case. The Magic's next game is Wednesday vs. Milwaukee. We'll see if Gordon can gain clearance by then. Mario Hezonja and Jonathan Isaac will continue to soak up extra minutes with Gordon on the sideline Tuesday night.
Mar 13 - 12:52 PM

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