Title: A low-risk, high-reward play? Raptors bet on athletic profile, defensive upside of Dewan Hernandez at No. 59
Date: June 20, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors taking Dewan Hernandez, a known-turned-unknown, with the No. 59 pick.
How much of a player’s draft stock is tied up in the value of his name? And how much is out of sight really out of mind?
Those are interesting questions that Dewan Hernandez faced this draft season, and they made him one of the more unknown picks of a second round always rife with them on Thursday. The Toronto Raptors selected Hernandez with the 59th overall pick, their lone selection in the draft, betting on his athletic profile and defensive upside as a low-risk, potentially high-reward play.
Raptors fans unfamiliar with Hernandez could be justified. The last time he was on the draft circuit — back in 2018 before he withdrew to return for a junior season at Miami — he was going by Dewan Huell. In October, he changed his last name to Hernandez after his mother, Christian Hernandez. Were that not confusing enough for his draft stock, he then lost his entire 2018-19 season due to NCAA eligibility violations.