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2013 NBA Draft – #16: Lucas Nogueira
Posted By Jabari Davis On June 27, 2013 @ 10:46 pm In Main Page,NBA Draft | No Comments
With the 16th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics chose Brazilian C Lucas Nogueira of Spain’s Asefa Estudiantes in the ACB. At 7’0″, Nogueira is an athletic and agile rim-protector that can run the floor on-par or even better than most of the league’s big men. He’ll need to add bulk and strength to his 220-pound frame, but he’ll have time as he is seen as a prospect for the future. While limited offensively, Nogueira did impress scouts as one of the ACB’s best offensive rebounders.
With the news of a potential blockbuster deal involving the Nets that would send franchise stalwarts Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn on the heels of former head coach Doc Rivers’ “exchange” to the Los Angeles Clippers, the rebuilding process in Boston is in full effect. If the Celtics choose to hold on to Nogueira, he could be a potential future replacement for the void that would be left at the C/PF position if Garnett were to be moved.
With a 7’5″ wingspan, and very soft hands, it is believed that Nogueira’s offensive game can be developed. In the meantime, his agility and speed can certainly be used as a defensive presence while he develops.
*UPDATE* The Boston Celtics have traded the rights to C Lucas Nogueria to the Dallas Mavericks for the draft rights of C Kelly Olynyk and two future second round picks.
*UPDATE* The Dallas Mavericks then traded the rights to Lucas Nogueria to the Atlanta Hawks.
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