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Nene Hilario | Center/Forward | #42

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 250
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (7) / NY
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Nene will be bumped back to the bench on Tuesday, with Montrezl Harrell starting at center vs. Charlotte.
Nene started on Sunday because coach Mike D'Antoni wanted him matched up with Jonas Valanciunas. However, Nene played just 13 minutes in the game, or half as much as Montrezl Harrell (26 minutes). Nene can be left on waiver wires. Jan 10 - 7:59 PM

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Nene started Sunday's game in Toronto but he quickly took a backseat, finishing with eight points, two rebounds, one assist and four personal fouls in 13 minutes.

Mike D'Antoni said that he wanted Nene's bulk in a matchup vs. Jonas Valanciunas. That moved the smaller Montrezl Harrell to the second unit, but Harrell went off anyway with 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting. This will be a musical chairs situation until Clint Capela returns, and there's no reason to rely on Nene for standard-league value.
Jan 8 - 9:02 PM

Nene will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Raptors, sending Montrezl Harrell back to the bench.

"A big strong guy like [Jonas] Valanciunas, I kind of want Nene to match up with them," D'Antoni said. "Can't always do that. Some games, I know I'm going to play Trez a lot more, like on back-to-backs, so he maybe starts then. But most of it's matchups. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter one way or another." Even when starting, Nene just isn't consistent enough to deploy in most settings.
Jan 8 - 4:11 PM

Nene played 25 minutes off the bench against the Magic on Friday, scoring four points with three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

He played more than expected on the back-to-back set. Nene has been used in the clutch lately and came up big on Thursday, but he won't be used more than 25 minutes most nights due to how the Rockets are managing his minutes.
Jan 6 - 9:17 PM

Nene will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Magic.

Nene started the previous game on Thursday vs. the Thunder, but coach Mike D'Antoni likely wants to bring him off the bench to match up with Nikola Vucevic. This is the second night of a back-to-back set, so this move will also help keep his minutes down. He's not a great fantasy asset.
Jan 6 - 7:11 PM

Nene made a rare start at center on Thursday and hit all six of his shots and 6-of-10 free throws for a season-high 18 points, three rebounds and a steal in just 17 minutes.

Montrezl Harrell came off the bench and Mike D'Antoni must have thought that Nene matched up better with Steven Adams than Harrell did. Nene hasn't played more than 19 minutes in his last 12 games, and while tonight's game was a sight for sore eyes, he'll probably return to his role off the bench in his next game. Nene hit a couple clutch free throws to seal the win for the Rockets.
Jan 5 - 10:59 PM

Nene and Patrick Beverley (wrist) will start against the Thunder on Thursday.

Its likely just a lineup move, so we're fully expecting Montrezl Harrell to get most of the minutes at the five. Nene is not a fantasy option.
Jan 5 - 7:48 PM

Nene will come off the bench against the Knicks on Saturday.

Montrezl Harrell clearly outplayed him and the Rockets are on a back-to-back set, so Nene may only get spot minutes here. He doesn't have fantasy value in most leagues.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 07:26:00 PM

Nene will start against the Clippers on Friday.

It's a smart move against DeAndre Jordan. Montrezl Harrell is only 6'8" and would have a major size disadvantage. Even as a starter, Nene should only get minutes around 20 with Harrell getting more run.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 06:24:00 PM

Nene started over Montrezl Harrell on Tuesday and hit 5-of-8 shots for 12 points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block in Tuesday's easy win over the Mavericks.

Nene was solid, but played just 19 minutes, and is not someone we'd consider using right now. The buzzkill here is that he relegated Harrell to the bench and just 26 minutes. Harrell is the center we want to own in the absence of Clint Capela, who will miss several more weeks with a fractured fibula.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 12:01:00 AM

Nene will start at center against Dallas on Tuesday.

Nene only played 14 minutes against the Suns on Monday and Harrell has been outplaying him, but the Rockets want his size against the returning Andrew Bogut (knee). Nene can be left on the wire in most leagues as Harrell is still the player to deploy in fantasy lineups.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 07:40:00 PM

Mike D'Antoni will try to limit Nene to under 20 minutes on Monday vs. Phoenix in the first game of a back-to-back set.

MDA wants Nene to play on Tuesday vs. Dallas as well, so this makes sense. Montrezl Harrell has looked good as Houston's fill-in starter in place of Clint Capela (leg), but he gets a tough task against a Suns team that utilizes two big bodies in Tyson Chandler and Alex Len. Regardless of his role, Nene isn't a fantasy factor.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 06:39:00 PM

Nene played 18 minutes off the bench against the Grizzlies on Friday with four points, five boards and one assist.

He's clearly falling behind Montrezl Harrell for the center minutes. Coach Mike D'Antoni will be limiting Nene whenever he can, so Harrell playing well will make that easier. Nene is more of a deep-league guy.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 11:22:00 PM

Nene came off the bench vs. Phoenix on Wednesday to finish with 12 points on 5-of-6 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs, two rebounds, two blocks and one turnover in 18 minutes.

It was the second game of a back-to-back set, playing against a small, fast-paced Suns team, so this really wasn't Nene's type of matchup. He's bound to play a bigger role until Clint Capela (fractured leg) returns to action, but will likely bounce around depending upon the opponent. He's more of a speculative deep-league addition.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 01:11:00 AM

Nene will come off the bench against the Suns on Wednesday.

Coach Mike D'Antoni has usually limited Nene on back-to-backs, but he should be used due to Clint Capela (leg) not available. Nene could be closer to 20 minutes tonight and doesn't have much value in standard leagues. He's still a punt or a stream.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 08:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1James Harden
2Tyler Ennis
SG1Patrick Beverley
2Eric Gordon
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Sam Dekker
3Corey Brewer
4K.J. McDaniels
PF1Ryan Anderson
C1Clint Capela
2Montrezl Harrell
3Nene Hilario
4Chinanu Onuaku