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Mario Hezonja
Mario Hezonja
Position: G-F
Born: 02/25/95
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Salary: $3,909,840
At this point, the math doesn’t add up to Hezonja having a starring role for Orlando in the upcoming season. The Magic have a logjam in the frontcourt, with Vucevic, Biyombo, and Ibaka expecting to play big minutes at the interior positions, causing a domino effect to the rest of their lineup. That pushes Jeff Green and Aaron Gordon down a position to the 3, even though both are most effective at the 4, which forces Fournier and Hezonja to play primarily as 2s, with Fournier likely getting most of the minutes, after signing an $85 million contract in the offseason. The presence of Elfrid Payton and Augustin means there’s not much room at the 1, leaving Hezonja with another 15–20 minute role off the bench.
In one of the most thrilling FIBA games of the decade, Croatia outlasted Italy in overtime to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. It will be the fourth time the Croatian national basketball team will complete in the Olympics. Bojan Bogdanovic posted 26 points and buried a critical 3-pointer with 1:14 left in OT to put Croatia up six. Krunoslav Simon racked up 21 points, Dario Saric recorded 18 points and 13 rebounds and Mario Hezonja dished out four assists.
Storyline: Olympic Games
For a player who said he “never had respect to anybody on a basketball court” and insisted the greatest living soccer player come watch him, this season has been humbling. But it has also helped him let go of his individuality and further embrace the team concept, too. “I didn’t really have any expectations [coming in]. I was just trying to get better every day,” Hezonja told SB Nation. “[My team] and I individually have proved a lot. In the beginning, it was strange for media, for people outside of basketball, but now you can see we improved a lot.”
Hezonja credits Payton and Oladipo for this, too. There’s no right or wrong way for rookies, Oladipo said, who averaged 31 minutes his rookie year. “Everybody’s path is different,” Oladipo told SB Nation. “Everybody isn’t going to be treated the same way based on coaches, different positions people are in. I had to go in and do what I do, had to play hard, learn on the fly, still learning right now, and so is he. It’s a process for everybody. You’ve just got to be patient.”