Bruno Fernando was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 34th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Fernando was Maryland’s bruiser at the power forward position. He is known for his great strength, physicality, and athleticism.
Bruno definitely has a future with the Atlanta Hawks. He fits very well into Lloyd Pierce’s system. He is very physical down low and will fight for extra possessions. He can also utilize his athleticism in pick and rolls with Trae when on the court. He has also shown potential to become a jump shooter. Pierce has been working with Fernando on his three point shot. Hopefully he can add that to his repertoire and become an even bigger threat. The Hawks lacked interior defense last year, so Bruno can certainly help improve that for us.
I could see Bruno’s season going one of two ways. He could either be our primary back up center for Alex Len, or he will play for our G League team, the College Park Skyhawks, for most of the year. If he comes out and plays valuable minutes off of the bench, Bruno could see an increase in minutes and could take over the back up center role that will be held by Damian Jones, who we acquired in a trade with the Golden State Warriors. He would bring a ton of energy off the bench, much like Montrezl Harrell did for the Clippers last year.
If Bruno struggles a little, he could be sent down to the G League to help sharpen his game. While down there, he could really work on his outside game. With the minutes he does see in the NBA, I expect Fernando to average about 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 block a game. Bruno Fernando will be a great big man for the Hawks in the years to come.