Bruno Fernando

Bruno Fernando

24-Year-Old CenterC
Houston Rockets
2022 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Bruno Fernando in 2022. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a three-year, $8.02 million contract with the Rockets in October of 2022. Contract includes $2.85 million team option for 2025-26.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Will play Friday
CHouston Rockets
November 25, 2022
Rockets coach Stephen Silas said Fernando (knee) is available for Friday's game against the Hawks, Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 Houston reports.
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Fernando has missed the last 15 games due to a left knee injury. Fernando started in the first two games of the season but will likely come off the bench behind Alperen Sengun.
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Could return by end of week
CHouston Rockets
November 20, 2022
Coach Stephen Silas said Sunday that he hopes Fernando will be able to return by the end of the week, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Fernando has missed 14 consecutive games due to a knee issue and will miss Sunday's matchup against the Warriors. However, the Rockets don't play again until Friday, and the team hopes that he'll be able to participate in some more intense practice sessions this week. Regardless of whether Fernando is cleared to play Friday, he certainly seems to be trending toward making his return soon.
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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.
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Could return Friday
CHouston Rockets
Knee
November 22, 2022
Fernando (knee) participated fully in practice Tuesday and could return to action Friday versus the Hawks, Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 Houston reports.
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Returns to practice
CHouston Rockets
Knee
November 19, 2022
Fernando (knee) was doing agility work during Saturday's practice but is "still a little ways out from being able to return," Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Remains sidelined Friday
CHouston Rockets
Knee
November 18, 2022
Fernando (knee) is out for Friday's game versus the Pacers, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
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Out again Wednesday
CHouston Rockets
Kneecap
November 16, 2022
Fernando (kneecap) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against Dallas.
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Gearing up for return
CHouston Rockets
Kneecap
November 11, 2022
Rockets coach Stephen Silas said Friday that Fernando (kneecap) went through an intense workout with assistant coach John Lucas and is getting closer to a return, Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 Houston reports.
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