With the No. 16 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Boston Celtics (via the Dallas Mavericks) selected Lucas Nogueira from Brazil and subsequently traded him to the Atlanta Hawks.
Here's everything you need to know about Nogueira.
Lucas "Bebe" Nogueira has been on the NBA's watch list for the past few years. He actually withdrew from the draft in 2011 and re-entered in 2013.
He plays with Estudiantes in the competitive Spanish ACB, which has limited his opportunities. Despite playing only 13 minutes per game, he has found a way to contribute and remain relevant among NBA scouts.
Nogueira will be viewed as a project worth the investment.
Nogueira has physical tools that make pro scouts salivate. At 7'0'', he has a ridiculous 7'6'' wingspan. He is an inch taller and more than two inches longer than Nerlens Noel.
That length gives Nogueira a 9'6'' reach, which means he can stand on his heels and touch the rim with a Snapple bottle.
He's an exceptional athlete for his size. Although not much of a leaper, he can get up and down the floor. Nogueira's priority over the next few years will be adding muscle to his 220-pound frame.
Although he's not a skilled offensive player, he can still be considered an asset. Thanks to his length, size and athleticism, he's doesn't need much skill to put points on the board.
His ability to make plays above the rim can result in easy buckets with the game slowed down, which is the toughest time to score.
Guards feel confident they can lob the ball at the rim and expect Nogueira to make a play on it. He'll be an easy-bucket option for pick-and-rolls at the NBA level.
He can also give an offense some margin for error. His physical tools and activity level inside contribute to routine second-chance opportunities.
Nogueira is a candidate for an offensive rebound, putback dunk or tip-in whenever he's in the paint and a shot clangs off the rim.
Nogueira is an interior presence on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he's a reliable finishing target and consistent threat on the glass. But his defensive potential convinced a team to pull the trigger in the lottery.
Given his height and reach, Nogueira is a big-time shot-blocker. He's capable of swatting shots even when he's out of position.
Over the past few years, we've seen a growing emphasis on rim protection in the NBA. Guys like Roy Hibbert, Marc Gasol and Joakim Noah have made impacts as interior defenders.
Nogueira projects as a complete defensive disruption.
He's the type of guy any team would want standing in front of the basket to challenge attackers. Nogueira will force guards to take low-percentage floaters and make big men struggle to get clean, easy layups.
He's just not an overly skilled player. A guard wouldn't feed Nogueira the ball and ask him to get a bucket. He lacks a face-up game or any hint of a jump shot, which means if the ball doesn't bounce his way, he may not factor in offensively.
Adding some low-post moves into his repertoire will be on his to-do list once he begins his development with an NBA team.
Defensively, he needs to get stronger, which should allow him to bang and defend the paint as an anchor instead of as a roaming weak-side shot-blocker.
Nogueira has received little time playing with Estudiantes. He'll be viewed as a long-term project and upside pick and one unlikely to contribute for another few years.
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