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#23 Mario Hezonja
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  • Orlando Magic
  • Drafted 5th overall in 2015
  • SF
  • 6'8" / 215lbs
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  • 02/25/1995
  • Croatia
  • 5th pick, 2015
  • Barcelona (Spain)
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Summer 2010CroatiaSigned a three year contract with KK Zagreb.
May 2012CroatiaLeft KK Zagreb.
11th July, 2012NBASigned a four year contract with Barcelona.
2015 NBA DraftNBADrafted 5th overall by Orlando.
29th June, 2015SpainLeft Barcelona.
10th July, 2015NBASigned four year, $16,896,871 rookie scale contract with Orlando. Included team options for 2017/18 and 2018/19.
25th October, 2016NBAOrlando exercised 2017/18 team option.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2008 - 2010KK Dubrovnik (Croatia)
2010 - May 2012KK Zagreb (Croatia)
July 2012 - June 2015Barcelona (Spain)
June 2015 - presentOrlando Magic (NBA)

January 21, 2018

Inconsistent though they are, Hezonja’s contributions on any given night are hard to gauge. He continues to call his own number offensively in a way that is key to his development and his NBA future – he is only going to survive in the league if he can prove he can score the ball – but a wobbly handle and inconsistent touch from outside does limit how well that can go. Nevertheless, averaging 22.8 fantasy points over the last seven games, Hezonja is normally good for something off the bench, all of which is value at this price.


June 29, 2017

Mario Hezonja
SG/SF/PF, 6’8, 215lbs, 22 years old, 2 years of experience

Very disappointing sophomore season for Hezonja in which he shot 35.5% from the field and, aside from slight improvements in his turnover and rebounding numbers, regressed in all facets. Taking more shots than before sent his efficiency into free-fall, and while the jump shot from all ranges is the bulk of his game, only 30.9% of them went in. He is athletic and flashes good passing vision, but he cannot dribble in traffic, isn’t making shots, and the baseline for his offensive projection is now very low. On the plus side, though, his defence did improve, both on small forwards and small-ball power forwards, learning angles and rotations better and being able to stay in front more often with the position shift away from the wing. But the improvements have not made him a stand-out defender; the most stand-out aspect of his game at the moment is how few of the shots go in.

Player Plan: Two years of rookie scale salary remaining. Keep and work hard on skills development, particularly the jumper, which will be key to the effectiveness of his odd package of skills.