What a crazy night!
The Atlanta Hawks made a big move on draft night, trading away the 18th pick in order to move up and strike a deal with the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the 16th pick (from Dallas via Boston), the 44th pick, and guard Jared Cunningham. With that 16th pick, the Hawks received Brazilian big man Lucas “Bebe” Nogueira.
The Hawks selected 6’11” Bucknell senior Mike Muscala with the 44th pick.
In case that last paragraph was confusing to you, we are receiving
1. Lucas Nogueira
2. Mike Muscala
3. Jared Cunningham – drafted 24th overall in the 2012 draft
First, some stuff on Bebe: He dominated the American squad at the U-18 FIBA Americas three years ago, which really put him on scouts’ radar. Standing 7-feet tall with a 7’6 wingspan, he averaged just under three blocks per 36 minutes of action last year and shot 66.1% from the field. From a potential standpoint, he seems to fit in the starting center role for the Hawks, allowing Lil’ Tito to slide to the four, where he is most comfortable. If he fails to grow into that role, he will still be a serviceable big man off the bench.
Note: Stats have proven that he is actually most effective at the center position, but being at the power forward position would allow him to not get beaten up down low night in and night out.
I’m excited to see this 6’11 beast take the stage at Philips Arena in the near future. Check out the full scouting profile here.
Jared Cunningham is an exciting combo guard out of Dallas that was taken 24th overall in the 2012 draft. Standing 6’4 and weighing 195 lbs, Cunningham only played in 8 Mavericks games last season, averaging 3.3 minutes per contest. He spent 15 games in the D-League where he was less than efficient. Sure, he scored 15.3 points per game, but that came after shooting 33.5% from the field. He has some work to do in Atlanta, but learning from Lou Williams to be an efficient combo guard off the bench will be very important to his growth.
In the tail-end of that trade, the Hawks received the 44th pick, Mike Muscala. The senior from Bucknell is fundamentally sound on the low block with potential to become a dominant force on the glass if he can bulk up some. I remember seeing his name early last season and thinking, “Wow, this guy has a lot of potential to be a dominant post player at the next level.” Even if it sounds like a cliche, it works for me.
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m super excited to watch these young players grow over the next few years. Here’s to an exciting summer full of free agency rumors and summer league!