Bruno Fernando
Bruno Fernando
22-Year-Old CenterC
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Atlanta Hawks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A sophomore out of Maryland, Fernando ended up on the Hawks as the 34th overall pick in the 2019 Draft. Last season, he made the All-Big Ten First Team and the All-Big Ten Defensive Team with averages of 13.6 points on 60.7 percent shooting, 10.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 blocks in 30.0 minutes. While he struggled offensively in summer league -- 4.2 points per game across 26.8 minutes while shooting 31.2 percent -- he averaged a combined 4.7 blocks/steals. Alex Len is essentially a lock to be Atlanta's starting center, but there should be some competition for the backup job. Whatever minutes John Collins doesn't grab at center will be available for either Fernando or Damian Jones. That said, the chances of Fernando occupying a fantasy-relevant role are thin. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.7 million contract with the Hawks in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Bruno Afonso David Fernandes (known as Bruno Fernando) was born in 1998 in Luanda, Angola. Luanda is the nation's capital and a port city on the west coast of Southern Africa. He is the son of Bernardo Fernando and Natalia David. Bruno is one of eight siblings and has four brothers and three sisters. After playing on the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championship Angolan national team, Fernando joined the Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. That led to Fernando spending the 2016-17 season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, before he attended the University of Maryland. Fernando is the first ever Angolan-born player selected in the NBA draft. Fernando's favorite all-time NBA veteran is Kevin Garnett. Fans can follow Fernando on Twitter @BrunoFernandoMV and on Instagram @the_angolan_bf.

College/International Summary

Fernando originally committed to SMU, but decided to reopen his recruitment after spending a season with IMG Academy. He chose Maryland and quickly established himself as a big man for coach Mark Turgeon. Initially as a freshman, he came off the bench, but he started 20 of the team's 30 games. In his first year, he had three double-doubles, including 18 points and 16 rebounds in the February win over Rutgers. The offense focused more on Fernando in his sophomore season and he supplied 22 double-doubles, including seven straight during Big Ten play. The 6-10 native of Angola scored a career-high 25 points on 11-of-12 from the field in a January win over Indiana. He also snatched 19 rebounds in a win at Nebraska. Fernando led the Terrapins back to the Big Dance and had double-doubles in the win over Belmont and the loss to LSU. After two seasons of patrolling the paint and averaging 12.0 points and 8.7 rebounds for Maryland, Fernando declared for the 2019 NBA Draft where he was picked by the Atlanta Hawks with the 34th pick.

Seeing inconsistent minutes
CAtlanta Hawks
March 23, 2020
Fernando averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 11 games following the All-Star break before the suspension of NBA action.
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Fernando has come off the bench in nine of his last 11 contests, logging fewer than 10 minutes in three of those matchups. Assuming Clint Capela (heel) is healthy when play resumes, Fernando will have to battle for playing time with both Capela and Dewayne Dedmon at center, making his workload unpredictable.
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A rookie out of Maryland, Fernando appeared in 45 games for the Hawks prior to the All-Star break. He started 11 of those contests, posting averages of 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds across 15.5 minutes per game. In his NBA debut against Detroit on Oct. 24, Fernando played 14 minutes and finished with seven points, three rebounds, and two assists. Fernando missed 10 games in January and February due to a calf injury. In a Jan. 26 win over the Wizards, Fernando tallied his first career double-double, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds (both career highs) in 19 minutes. After the All-Star break, Fernando saw action in 11 games, averaging 14.7 minutes per contest in that span. He scored in double-figures three times, including a 10-point, nine-rebound effort against Orlando on Feb. 26. In his final game before the NBA suspended the season on Mar. 11, Fernando posted two points, two rebounds and one assist against the Knicks.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2nd round (34th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2019
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Atlanta Hawks for Jordan Bone, a 2020 2nd round draft pick and a 2023 2nd round draft pick. (56-60 protected) (2023 second-round draft pick is ATL's, CHO's, or BRK's, whichever is most favorable.) Shortly thereafter, signed a rookie contract with the Hawks.
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Coming off bench Friday
CAtlanta Hawks
March 6, 2020
Fernando will come off the bench Friday against the Wizards.
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Available Friday
CAtlanta Hawks
March 6, 2020
Fernando (shin) is available for Friday's game versus the Wizards, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Probable with shin soreness
CAtlanta Hawks
Lower Leg
March 5, 2020
Fernando is probable for Friday's game against the Wizards due to left shin soreness, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Struggles in spot start
CAtlanta Hawks
March 3, 2020
Fernando started at center and was limited to two points (1-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt), six rebounds and three assists across 23 minutes Monday in the Hawks' 127-88 loss to the Grizzlies.
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Heads to bench Friday
CAtlanta Hawks
February 28, 2020
Fernando will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Nets, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
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