The real Madrid announced this Thursday the signing for the next two seasons of the Croatian forward Mario Hezonjaplayer from
Hezonja had already played in the ACB League with Barcelona between 2012 and 2015, before giving the jump to the NBA to play for the Orlando Magic, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.
Hezonja (Dubrovnik, 1995), who returned to Europe in 2020 to be part of the Greek Panathinaikos squad (2020-21), joins the white club after signing a great season with Unics Kazan and in the Euroleague, in which he played 25 games and finished in the ‘Top 8’ in points and rebounds.
At 2.06 meters tall, he averaged 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and had percentages of 52.4% in shots from two and 34.9% in triples.
Real Madrid, with whom he has already undergone a medical examination, has highlighted the player versatility to act in any of the outer positions, as well as its ball handling.
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Mario Hezonja was trained in the KK Dubrovnik youth academywith whom he debuted in the Croatian League at just 13 years old (2008-10), and later signed for KK Zagreb (2010-12) before arriving in Spain, at the age of 18, to be part of the Barcelona for three seasons (2012-2015) and play 64 games.
In 2015 it was drafted at number 5 by Orlando Magic and there he played his first three seasons in the NBA, from where he went to New York Knicks (2018-19) and Portland Trail Blazers (2019-20).
Hezonja was number 5 in the 2015 draft
His track record includes a Greek League (2020-21), a Spanish one (2013-14), a Croatian Cup (2010-11) and another from Greece (2020-21), a Junior Euroleague (2011) and a bronze medal Under-19 World Cup (2011).
The announcement of the incorporation of Mario Hezonja joins those of Sergio Rodríguez, who returns to the club where he played for six seasons, and the Bosnian forward Dzanan Musa, MVP last season at the Breogán River.