2019 NBA Draft: Full Mock Draft 4.0, Atlanta Hawks Trade Down to Pick at 8, 14 & 22, Lakers Trade #4

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29. . Center. san antonio spurs (via toronto raptors). Bruno Fernando. 29. player

Though Bruno Fernando of Maryland is apparently (surprisingly) in the mix for the Atlanta Hawks with the #10 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, in this mock draft, he falls all the way to the end of the first round where the San Antonio Spurs take him with the pick acquired in the Kawhi Leonard trade.

While it seems that the Raps got the far better end of that deal as Toronto is headed to its first-ever NBA Finals appearance in franchise history, the Spurs having two picks in this draft is fortuitous. With plenty of young guard options already in the fold (Lonnie Walker, Derrick White, Dejounte Murray) as well as former All-Star DeMar DeRozan entrenched in the lineup, the Spurs will take two contrasting big men in the 2019 NBA Draft.

While the team previously opted for the stretch five capabilities of international star Goga Bitadze, later on in the first round, R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich opt for the immense heft of Bruno Fernando – who showcased tremendous growth in his sophomore campaign.

Most of Fernando’s scoring damage was done in the paint (where he shot 71.3 percent at the rim, per Bart Torvik), but he also showcased the ability to step out for deep midrangers – shooting 45.5 percent on over 100 non-rim twos.

Beyond that, his 77.9 percent clip from the foul line conveys excellent touch, which is, of course, a better determining factor for NBA three-point success than other percentages.