Nov 30, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) during a game at Target Center. The Knicks defeated the Timberwolves 106-104. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Willy Hernangomez

Willy Hernangomez has come on in a big way since late January. He has been the shining light of this disappointing season. In his past 18 games, including six starts, the 22-year-old is averaging 9.8 points per game on 45 percent shooting, nine rebounds per game, including 3.2 on the offensive glass, and 2.1 assists per game. Hernangomez has done all of this in just 22 minutes per game which makes it that much more impressive.

As was previously mentioned, Jeff Hornacek has started to run the triangle once more. An integral part of this system is post touches, an area where Hernangomez has shown glimpses of superb skill. The opportunity also arises to work on face up moves. We know what he can do with his back to the basket but he has rarely shown the ability to create off two or three dribbles. Moreover, he has converted 38 percent of his attempts from 10-18 feet; it could do with some work.

The defensive side of the ball is where Hernangomez could benefit the most. He needs to improve on this end. The 22-year-old seems to have lapses in concentration which sees his opponent blow by him or off ball cutters go right past him. Overall the Spaniard has a defensive field goal percentage of 53 percent but a concern is that opponents are shooting 40 percent from distance.

Hernangomez will see plenty of time at the five and he has a chance to be the defensive anchor and work on his communication and awareness, as well as one-on-one play.