NBA Draft: 2019 Mock 2.0: If the Dallas Mavericks land in top 4
By Kohl Rast
The Maryland Terrapins went into the NCAA tournament as a six-seed, which normally wouldn’t mean too much if they hadn’t busted my bracket wide open in the first round. The Terps took down a very dangerous Belmont team in the first round, thanks in large part to the play of Bruno Fernando.
The Celtics would be making their third out of four selections at this point in the draft and honestly, there is almost no way they keep all these picks. For that reason, I went with a guy that has high upside, even though he plays the same position as P.J. Washington from earlier in the mock draft.
Fernando is a big guy with elite athleticism. At 6’10”, 240 lbs., Fernando can move with and without the ball really fluidly, making him a dangerous big man. He also is big enough to push people around in the middle, a trait that can get overlooked easily when making picks. His athleticism and size make him an excellent shot blocker as well.
Fernando could be a very good rebounder in the league, but he does not have a very polished offensive game at this point. He does not score a lot of points for a middle first round guy, but his defense and rebounding are so enticing, it would be hard to let him pass without at least taking a look.
Player Comparison: Serge Ibaka
Ibaka has developed a really solid offensive game, but aside from that, these guys are very similar. Serge came into the league as a defensive specialist and rebounder and played that role really well with the Thunder. He has been asked to do more on offense which has changed things up, but he is still a solid player in the league.
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