The Hawks looked outside the college ranks for their two first-round picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
The Hawks got a 7-footer by trading up one spot to take Brazil center Lucas Nogueira with the 16th overall pick. They then used the 17th overall pick to take German guard Dennis Schroeder.
Nogueira was taken by the Celtics, who obtained the pick from the Mavericks before sending it to the Hawks. He is currently averaging 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 13.3 minutes playing for Aesfa Estudiantes Madrid of the Spanish ACB League.
The 20-year-old Nogueira, who weighs 225 pounds, is nicknamed ‘Bebe Gigant’ meaning Baby Giant.
Schroeder, 6-1, 168 pounds, currently plays for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in Germany’s Beko League. He is averaging 11.9 points and 3.3 assists in 24.7 minutes in the league where he was an all-star.
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