After being selected fifth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, Hezonja appeared in 79 games as a rookie in Orlando. The 20-year-old Croatian started nine of those contests and averaged 17.9 minutes per game. He averaged 6.1 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting from the field. Hezonja was particularly lethal from the charity stripe, as he shot 90.7 percent from the line. He scored a season-high 21 points in a start against Chicago on March 2, knocking down 9-of-17 field goal attempts in the process. Hezonja had 20 additional double-figure scoring games. The rookie added 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against Atlanta on Feb. 8. Hezonja dished out a season-high seven assists in a win over Milwaukee on April 11. That game against the Bucks was perhaps his most complete outing in his first season, as he added 19 points, five steals and three rebounds.2016
In his second season in the NBA, Hezonja appeared in 65 contests for the Magic. He started just two of those games. Hezonja averaged 4.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Hezona reached double figures in scoring on nine different occasions. He scored 13 points in two different games, which represented his season high. Hezonja also snatched a season-best 11 rebounds against Detroit on Apr. 12. He registered two steals in seven separate contests. Hezonja's best month was February, when he averaged 6.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. For the season, he shot 35.5 percent from the floor and 29.9 percent from beyond the arc.2017
Hezonja gradually earned more playing time in his third NBA season, and his production increased as a result. In his final 55 games of the 2017-18 campaign, Hezonja averaged 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 three-pointers. For the season, Hezonja finished with career-high marks in points (9.6), rebounds (3.7) and assists (1.4) per game. He shot a career-best 44.2 percent from the field in addition to nailing at least 80.0 percent (81.9) of his free-throws for a third consecutive campaign. Hezonja saw more than 30 minutes on 18 separate occasions, headlined by a 39-minute night in a win over Phoenix on March 24. Hezonja logged at least a pair of steals in every single contest from February 8 to February 28 -- a span of eight consecutive games. Hezonja registered a season-high 28 points against the Pistons on Dec. 17. He eclipsed 20 points five more times, including in a loss to Charlotte on Feb. 14. In that contest, he pulled down 10 rebounds for one of his two double-doubles on the year.2018
Hezonja joined the Knicks for the 2018-19 season and appeared in 58 games. He started 24 of those contests and averaged 20.8 minutes per game. A leg injury cost him over a month of action between February and March. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 8.8 points per game on 41.2 percent shooting, including 27.6 percent from three-point range. Hezonja also set new career-best marks with 1.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. He had a terrific three-game stretch in April, during which he averaged 25.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, and seven assists on 53.7 percent shooting. That stretch included his first career triple-double (April 5 against Houston) and his first career 30-point performance (April 7 against Washington). Hezonja scored in double-figures in four consecutive games between Jan. 4 and Jan. 11. During that run, he averaged 13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.0 steals on 50 percent shooting.
June 25, 2015Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
July 10, 2015Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Orlando Magic
July 6, 2018Signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks.
July 3, 2019Signed a on-year contract as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers.