After some considerable fireworks in the top-10, the Atlanta Hawks were quiet for a few hours during the 2019 NBA Draft. The team then sprung back into action, though, and the end result was the addition of Maryland big man Bruno Fernando with the No. 34 pick.
Sources: Philadelphia traded No. 34 to Atlanta for two future second-rounders and No. 57.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2019
The No. 57 pick, acquired as part of the deal to land De’Andre Hunter, is reportedly heading to Philadelphia along with a pair of second-round picks. At this stage, it is unclear as to which selections will be changing hands but, at the present, the prize for Atlanta is intriguing big man for the future.
Fernando, who played alongside current Hawks wing Kevin Huerter at Maryland, was seen by some as a first-round talent in this class, with a chiseled physical frame and great length (7’4 wingspan). He is a fantastic athlete for his size and, from a production standpoint, Fernando was quite good at Maryland, with a 65 percent true shooting and per-game averages of 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.
As an overall haul, the Hawks pick up a trio of intriguing selections and, after it seemed as if Atlanta would emerge without a big man in the 2019 class, that is no longer the case with the addition of Fernando.