Lucas Nogueira

College: N/A

Team:
Birthday: 07/26/1992
NBA Position: C
Class: International
Ht: 6-11
Wt: 218lbs.
Hometown: Sao Goncalo, Brazil

Ceiling: Tyson Chandler

DRAFTED NO. 16 OVERALL BY THE ATLANTA HAWKS (VIA DALLAS)

Basement:
NBA Comparison:

Strengths:

  • Athletic
  • Shot-Blocking
  • Wingspan
  • Rebounding

Weaknesses:

  • Offensive awareness
  • Scoring ability

Analysis:

While slight of frame, Nogueira is everything you want in an NBA center today. He has terrific athletic ability and can get up and down the floor. His combination of size and length will make him an immediate impact on the defensive end as well in rebounding. The biggest concern is in strength, both his physical strength and that of the competition he plays. Nogueira is not playing elite teams like his International competition has been; currently he plays on a lower level club team in Spain. Physically he will need to bulk up to handle the NBA grind, there are not many quality centers in the NBA so Nogueira is a commodity, but he is hardly a presence today. Once Nogueira adds some bulk to his frame and gets into the gym with quality competition he has the potential to become a very good center in today’s NBA.

Kristofer Habbas  – 05/01/2011