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Mario Hezonja | Forward | #8

Team: Orlando Magic
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/25/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 218
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 1 (5) / ORL
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Mario Hezonja hit 7-of-12 shots and five 3-pointers for 19 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 36 minutes of Tuesday's 97-73 win over the Knicks, helping the Magic snap a three-game losing streak.
Hezonja was all but left for dead about 10 days ago, but has gotten hot, averaging 15 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five. As long as Jonathon Simmons remains out with his wrist injury, Mario should be good to go. Apr 3 - 10:18 PM

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Mario Hezonja finished Sunday's loss at Atlanta with 14 points across 28 minutes off the bench.

Hezonja was 5-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-8 from behind the 3-point line, while adding three steals, two rebounds and a blocked shot. It was his 31st game this season scoring in double digits, although no one will be mistaking him for LeBron James or Michael Jordan anytime soon. Next up is a trip to New York on Tuesday night.
Apr 1 - 8:38 PM

Mario Hezonja scored five points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals, one 3-pointer and one block in 25 minutes against the Bulls during a 90-82 loss on Friday.

He did come off the bench in this game and that will likely continue because of Jonathan Isaac being back. Hezonja should continue to see minutes in the mid 20s, but he may not be able to hit 30 now that Isaac is back. He's still an OK hold, but he's losing some of his must-own appeal.
Mar 30 - 9:19 PM

Mario Hezonja will move to the bench on Friday against the Bulls.

After being a letdown for most of this month, Hezonja is on a mini-heater over his last two with a 23-point offensive gem and a 14-point effort that stuffed the stat sheet. His position flexibility should still get him to minutes in the upper 20s, especially with Jonathan Isaac having a 20-minute cap.
Mar 30 - 5:25 PM

Mario Hezonja scored 23 points during Wednesday's home loss, making 8-of-17 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs with seven boards, three assists two 3-pointers and one steal.

Hezonja's minutes have spiked the past few games, and he's a lock for heavy minutes while Jonathon Simmons (wrist) and Jonathan Isaac (foot) are sidelined. "We want [Hezonja] to always be aggressive," said coach Frank Vogel. "The way he played at the beginning of last year, he looked like he didn’t belong in the league. And now he’s got a far better feel for all of this stuff ... His defense and his habits have been more consistent as the season has gone along." There's enough upside here to plug him into all active lineups while Orlando is short-handed.
Mar 28 - 10:42 PM

Mario Hezonja scored 14 points with eight rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

Finally. Hezonja has been a major letdown since the Aaron Gordon concussion, but maybe this line gets him going. Jonathon Simmons is out for about a week, so Hezonja should have a chance to produce with three games. He's risky, but he has upside as you can see with this line. Although, it was against the Suns.
Mar 24 - 9:55 PM

Mario Hezonja scored nine points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes during a 118-98 loss to the 76ers on Thursday.

He is really struggling again, making just 34.0 percent from the field over his last five outings. Hezonja should be looking at minutes close to 30 most nights while Jonathon Simmons (wrist) and Jonathan Isaac (foot) are out, so he has upside.
Mar 22 - 10:05 PM

D.J. Augustin, Wes Iwundu, Mario Hezonja, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic will start against the 76ers on Thursday.

The Magic actually go young here and Hezonja should be looking at some heavy minutes with Jonathon Simmons, Evan Fournier and Jonathan Isaac all out. He's played below expectations and he may see some Robert Covington, but Mario makes sense in DFS and should be owned in most leagues.
Mar 22 - 5:20 PM

Mario Hezonja scored 11 points in 28 minutes against the Celtics on Friday, adding four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

He was a major letdown since the injuries to Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon. In those five games, he managed to average just 8.0 points, 5.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 treys on 37.0 percent from the field. With Aaron Gordon having a great shot to play on Tuesday and the Magic being off for three days, dropping Mario makes a lot of sense in most leagues.
Mar 16 - 9:39 PM

Mario Hezonja scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He did not get the closing minutes with Shelvin Mack taking them and it's been discouraging for the most part on Mario, especially after he shined while Aaron Gordon had a hip injury just before the break. He's been in a slump over his last five, making just 35.6 percent from the field for averages of 7.6 points, 4.6 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.8 treys. Considering how the Magic schedule is very light with just one game in the next five days, his fantasy owners may want to see what else is out there.
Mar 14 - 9:50 PM

Mario Hezonja hit just 2-of-7 shots and zero 3-pointers for four points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal in a start in Tuesday's 108-72 blowout loss to the Spurs.

He started with Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Evan Fournier (knee) out again, but couldn't get anything going in one of the worst NBA games of the season. There was a time when Hezonja was cooking, but even with injuries to key teammates, he's averaging just 7.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 37 percent shooting over his last five games. He'll probably get the ship righted sooner than later, but he's simply unreliable right now.
Mar 13 - 11:07 PM

Mario Hezonja started and scored 11 points vs. the Kings on Friday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal and a triple in 33 minutes.

He had one of the highlights of the night with a steal followed by a reverse slam in transition, but all in all it was a pretty quiet game. Still, you have to love the workload and we know it's going to be there as long as Evan Fournier (knee) and Aaron Gordon (concussion) are out. Hezonja averaged 16.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.8 steals and 2.3 triples in a nine-game stretch the last time Gordon missed action, so he has to be owned in standard leagues.
Mar 10 - 12:23 AM

Mario Hezonja and Jonathan Isaac will start on Friday vs. the Kings.

This is an expected move with Evan Fournier (knee) and Aaron Gordon (concussion) out. We don't know how long those guys are going to be out, but the Magic may be very cautious given their position in the standings. Hezonja was putting up early-round numbers the last time AG went down, so he has to be picked up everywhere and can be considered a must-start player.

Mario Hezonja hit 4-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, three rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes in Monday's loss to the Jazz.

With Aaron Gordon, Jonathon Simmons and Evan Fournier all healthy, and Jonathan Isaac finally getting some solid run, it might be tough for Hezonja to do much if he's only going to get 20 minutes a night. He's averaging just 10.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games, and you might be able to do better off the wire with the Magic having so many options to use along with Mario.
Mar 5 - 11:32 PM

Mario Hezonja scored 16 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

He continues to find minutes in the low 20s and he's been capable at adding some non-scoring stats lately. Hezonja is still in a mean competition for minutes on the perimeter and Jonathan Isaac coming up big on defense won't help him either. He's still been a fine hold, but there's a very good chance he'll have some duds.
Mar 3 - 9:43 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1D.J. Augustin
2Shelvin Mack
SG1Jonathon Simmons
2Terrence Ross
3Arron Afflalo
4Rodney Purvis
SF1Evan Fournier
2Mario Hezonja
3Wesley Iwundu
4Jamel Artis
PF1Aaron Gordon
2Jonathan Isaac
3Khem Birch
C1Nikola Vucevic
2Bismack Biyombo
3Marreese Speights