Title: Summer League progress offers encouraging sign for Raptors’ 2nd-round pick Dewan Hernandez
Date: July 13, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about second-round pick Dewan Hernandez and why the Raptors are so optimistic following his play in Summer League.
LAS VEGAS — Christ Koumadje stands 7-foot-4, and he stands almost permanently near the rim. At Las Vegas Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Florida State product lacks in dynamism but makes up for it in deterrence. He drops back in coverage, slides around the restricted area and waits to change or prevent shots.
Dewan Hernandez is some 5 inches shorter, a little more dynamic and, it turns out, either unaware of or undeterred by Koumadje. Early in the Toronto Raptors’ consolation game against the 76ers on Friday, Hernandez showed little fear. He’d just driven right and seen his dribble impeded for a jump ball. He then drove somewhat awkwardly at Koumadje, trying to finish across his own body to avoid a long, outstretched arm. Now, Hernandez took a hard gather dribble into Koumadje down the left side, rose for a shot and was blocked.
No matter. The next chance he got, Hernandez once again took it left, this time eschewing an awkward, self-protective release for a straightforward one, left hand to the glass and in.