Hawks Add Nogueira, Schroeder, and Muscala In 2013 Draft
Wow. What a first round. For a draft that was supposed to be short on buzz, it was about the daffiest I can remember. Lots of surprise picks, lots of trades, and when the dust settled the Hawks came away with two players (expected), but at the #16 and #17 slots instead of 17-18.
Before we get to the picks, let’s start first with the trade. Since the trade wasn’t official until after the first round, technically the Hawks traded the rights to Shane Larkin (#18) for the rights to Lucas Noguiera (#16), Mike Muscala (#44), as well as Mavs’ forward Jared Cunningham.
Nogueira is an athletic young big man out of Brazil, 20-years old and 7-feet tall (7-5 with the afro), who played this past season in Spain for Estudiantes, where he averaged 5.5 ppg and 3.4 rpg in 12.1 minutes. The skinny on Nogueira is he’s a guy who has a lot of room to grow, but at 7-0 projects as having a lot of potential as a defensive presence and rebounder.
At #17, the Hawks selected 19-year old guard Dennis Schroeder, the first German-born player taken in the first round since Dirk Nowitzki. Schroeder turned a lot of heads at the Nike Hoops Summit earlier this year, and has drawn rave reviews for his poise running an offense in the halfcourt and in transition.
Cunningham, who was taken #24 in last year’s NBA Draft out of Oregon State, also comes to the Hawks from the Mavericks, who appear to be trying to clear as much cap space as they can in advance of free agency.
The final piece of the trade with Dallas came in the form of Muscala, a 6-11 big man and four-year starter at Bucknell and the school’s all-time leading scorer. In talking to Danny Ferry after the picks were in, he said that the analytics crowd raves about Muscala, saying he’d have been a top-five pick if it’d been solely up to them. High praise.
As of now, the Hawks also maintain the rights to #47th pick Raul Neto and #50 James Ennis, though both of them are thought to be potentially headed elsewhere.
All in all, a very interesting night that saw the Hawks come away with some intriguing prospects, and hopefully we’ll get a chance to see these guys in action in Summer League in just a few short weeks.
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