After his trade to the Atlanta Hawks was officially processed on Saturday, former Maryland center Bruno Fernando made his NBA summer league debut on Sunday night.
In a 90-66 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Fernando started the game at center and played 26 minutes, third-most on the team, before fouling out. Despite an ample amount of time on the court, the 20-year-old took just five field goals, making two, and splitting a pair of free throws to finish with five points. He did, however, throw down his first professional slam in the second quarter.
The first NBA dunk for Bruno Fernando... pic.twitter.com/DaVcQwNja2— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) July 7, 2019
While he didn’t make many waves offensively, Fernando shined on the other end of the court. The Angolan national swatted away four shots and added six defensive rebounds (giving him a total of seven boards), showcasing his ability to protect the paint, even against the bigger NBA competition.
Bruno with a nice play on this block in Summer League. The announcers are talking about the unique energy he brings every day to practice and on the court, which is no surprise to Maryland fans. pic.twitter.com/AYyyscVuD8— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) July 7, 2019
It was a promising debut for Fernando, who should only get more comfortable as time goes on. The Hawks will be back in action on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV against the Indiana Pacers. They’ll then wrap up first-round play on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 against the Washington Wizards.
Check out Fernando’s introductory press conference here.
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