Dio checks in on the Southeast Division, where the Magic boast a strong group of international talent.
October 14, 2019, 10:24 pmDe'Andre HunterSF, Atlanta Hawks
De'Andre Hunter and his fellow Hawks rookies failed to make much of an impact vs. the Heat on Monday as Hunter went for four points (2-for-8 FGs, 0-for-2 FTs), one rebound and four assists in 25 minutes.
Hunter had some nice passes, but the stats were lacking tonight. Cam Reddish chipped in just two points (1-for-7 FGs), two rebounds, one assists, one steal and three turnovers in 20 minutes. Bruno Fernando added two points, a rebound and a block in his 12 minutes off the bench. It's a healthy reminder that it could very well take some time before these first-year players are ready to contribute much.
October 9, 2019, 6:18 pmAlex LenC, Atlanta Hawks
Alex Len will start in Wednesday's matchup against the Magic after dealing with some ankle and back issues throughout training camp.
This is great news for Len after missing the preseason opener. He is likely to start the season at center for this young Hawks squad. With the starting role, Len carries low-end fantasy value from the center position going into drafts this year. He's also a low-priced value in DFS. Len's presence lowers the value of Damian Jones and Bruno Fernando.
Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter
July 11, 2019, 8:49 pmBruno FernandoPF, Atlanta Hawks
Bruno Fernando was a defensive force on Thursday night with four steals and three blocked shots in 28 minutes.
The rebounding didn't join the defensive impact from Fernando in this one but seven defensive counters is excellent production. The Hawks have a wide open rotation and it'll be interesting to see if he can become a defensive specialist in short order.
July 7, 2019, 8:02 pmBruno FernandoPF, Atlanta Hawks
Bruno Fernando made his Summer League debut in Sunday's loss to the Wolves and put up five points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 26 minutes of action.
The Hawks officially acquired Fernando earlier today and quickly signed him to a three-year deal. He's got great upside as a rim protector and rebounder, though his offensive game is still not very diverse. Expect the Hawks to spend some time this season seeing how Fernando fits next to John Collins.
July 7, 2019, 4:54 pmBruno FernandoPF, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have signed second-round pick Bruno Fernando to a three-year deal worth $4.7 million.
Fernando is officially a member of the Hawks and should make his Summer League debut on Sunday. He has the looks of a long-term answer at center, and could push Alex Len for minutes this season. Fernando averaged 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 blocks for Maryland last season and the Hawks will likely work to develop a better jumper.
Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter
July 7, 2019, 11:24 amDe'Andre HunterSF, Atlanta Hawks
Having now been acquired by the Hawks, De'Andre Hunter and Bruno Fernando are expected to be available for their Summer League matchup against the Timberwolves.
Hunter will now get the opportunity to flash the NBA-ready game he was touted with having after his impressive run at Virginia. The defensive-minded forward figures to get the first crack at the starting SF spot for a Hawks team looking to make improvements on that end of the ball. It does, however, remain to be seen if he will be able to get enough playing time to hold fantasy value, as DeAndre' Bembry and Cam Reddish figure to also see a lot of time at that spot. Fernando could end up finding his way into the rotation, but it would likely take an injury for him to play enough to be a fantasy contributor this season.
Source: Jason Walker on Twitter
June 20, 2019, 11:18 pmBruno FernandoC, Atlanta Hawks
The Sixers have chosen center Bruno Fernando with the 34th pick.
The Sixers will trade Fernando to the Atlanta Hawks for two future second rounders and the 57th pick. Fernando is a quick big who can rebound well and plays hyper aggressively around the basket. There’s some room for him to make a bit of noise in Atlanta’s frontcourt but he’ll have to sit behind John Collins.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 16, 2019, 5:41 pmBruno FernandoC, College
Bruno Fernando was among a 12-man group to work out for the Jazz.
Fernando will become the first player born in Angola to be drafted next week, but where he falls is still up for debate. The Jazz pick at 23 and 53, so if they’re going to take the plunge it will have to be in the first round. Fernando averaged 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 blocks for Maryland last season and the Jazz believe that he can develop a solid outside shot. Fernando’s defensive abilities give him an intriguing fantasy outlook, though his playing time will obviously be determined by his landing spot. The other headliners of Utah’s latest workout were Talen Horton-Tucker and Luguentz Dort. The Jazz also invited Terry Harris — the younger brother of free agent Tobias Harris — to the session.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
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