|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Brazilian C Lucas Nogueira||06.25.13 at 12:51 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.
Team: Asefa Estudiantes (Spain’s ACB League)
Weight: 220 pounds
Key 2012-13 stats: 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 13.6 minutes
What he brings: Nogueira’s 7-foot, 5-inch wingspan makes him an excellent defensive player and has encouraged comparisons between him and Marcus Camby. While he has yet to fully develop into his frame, he is an excellent player in the paint and averaged 5.0 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes last season.
As a scorer, Nogueira is rather limited. While he is among the better finishers in the draft around the rim, he does not have a very good jump shot and does not handle the ball well. However, thanks to his size and length, he has a chance at scoring on any drive and dish opportunity by the basket.
Notes: Nogueira, who goes by the nickname ‘Bebe,’ declared for the 2011 draft but eventually backed out. Therefore, he cannot back out of the 2013 draft.
Video: Here’s a look at Nogueira in action from this past season.
|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Brazil C Lucas Nogueira||06.07.11 at 1:04 pm ET|
WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).
Team: Estudiantes B (Spain)
Weight: 225 pounds
Stats: 11.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg
What he brings: Still 18, Nogueira is one of the youngest prospects in the draft. But with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, he’s also one of the longest. Nogueira will make plenty of highlight reels wherever he plays because of his athletic blocks and thunderous dunks. His rebounding skills are also solid.
Nogueira has not yet been able to fill out his youthful frame. That will hurt him in position battles down low against stronger big men, and he can’t rely solely on his length under those situations. His points mostly come from over-the-top passes or put-back dunks on offensive rebounds because his skills with his back to the rim are still a work in progress.
Where the Celtics could get him: First round (or second)
What they’re saying: ‘Nogueira is a long, freakish athlete who has a chance to be the next Brazilian in the league.’ ‘ SLAM Online’s Rodger Bohn
Notes: Nogueira had his coming-out party in the U18 FIBA Americas tournament where he averaged 15.6 points, 10 rebounds and 5.4 blocks per game against players that included Austin Rivers, the son of the Celtics coach. In the gold-medal game against the United States, Nogueira played 34 minutes and scored a team-high 22 points, along with 14 rebounds and three blocks. But the Americans bested the Brazilians 81-78. In that same game, presumed first overall pick Kyrie Irving scored 21 points and grabbed 10 boards.