Willy Hernangomez has high praises of Valanciunas: 'One of the best centers in NBA'

2022-12-23 08:39

"I'm super happy to be around JV. I just love him," Willy Hernangomez said of Jonas Valanciunas.

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New Orleans Pelicans center Willy Hernangomez praised Jonas Valanciunas and his recent performances following a 126-117 home win Thursday night over the San Antonio Spurs.

Valanciunas had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Willy Hernangomez 13 for the Pelicans, who ended a season-worst four-game losing streak.

"I'm super happy for JV. He's my best friend on the team, I would say. Great person," Hernangomez said of the Lithuanian big man. "He's helping me on and off the court. Helping me to get better as well. He's one of the best centers in the league.

Free throws this season

Points made: 19,5
Accuracy: 78,9%
Place in standings: 9
Record max: 32
Record min: 5
Most made FTs: Zion Williamson

And then, he's got a big heart. He wants everybody to be good around him. So, I'm super proud of JV's work last game. Today, he dominated again. I'm super happy to be around JV. I just love him," the European gold medalist added.

Valanciunas contributed 37 points (7/10 3PT), 18 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal over 37 minutes during Monday's 128-119 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was his best game of the season.

Jonas Valanciunas, one of the best two-way big men in the league, averages 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds over 30 games this season.

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