Lucas Nogueira selected No. 16 by Hawks in NBA draft

Friday June 28th, 2013

'He runs like a deer,' an exec said about Brazil's Lucas Nogueira. 'He runs like a deer,' an exec said about Brazil's Lucas Nogueira. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Hawks traded with the Mavericks and selected Lucas Nogueira with the No. 16 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here's a look at Nogueira and how he fits with Atlanta:

Bio: Brazil | 20 years old | Center

2012-13 Stats: 5.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 12.9 minutes for Spain's Estudiantes (per NBA.com)

Vitals: 7-0, 220 pounds

Strengths: Scouts like his potential as a rebounder and shot blocker. A 7-footer who moves well and has a 7-6 wingspan will always catch the attention of talent evaluators seeking a defensive anchor.

Weaknesses: Noguiera's body of work is limited because of a shortage of minutes in Spain. His offensive game is far from polished and he could stand to strengthen his frame. The team that drafts Nogueira will have to take the long view and hope that he can develop offensively while leveraging his physical tools to become an impact defensive player.

What Scouts Say: "He runs like a deer. When he puts some weight on, he's got the potential to be a starting center."

Team Fit: Josh Smith
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