First came Lucas Nogueira, the Brazilian 7-footer who may be closer to 8-feet tall from the tip of his lush, rain forest ’fro.
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HAWKS FOREIGN-BORN DRAFT PICKS
2010 – Pape Sy (second round, France). He played in three games before being waived.
2009 – Sergiy Glady (second round, Ukraine).*
2007 – Al Horford (first round, Dominican Republic). Two-time All Star still is with Hawks.
2005 – Cenk Akyol (second round, Turkey).*
2004 – Viktor Sanikidze (second round, Georgia).*
2003 – Boris Diaw (first round, France). Played two seasons, appearing in 142 games. Traded to Phoenix in 2005, with two draft picks, for Joe Johnson.
2001 – Pau Gasol (first round, Spain).*
2000 – Hanno Mattola (second round, Finland). Played for two seasons and 155 games.
1997 – Alain Digbeu (second round, France).*
1988 – Jorge Gonzalez (third round, Argentina).*
1987 – Song Tao (third round, China).* Theofanis Christodoulou (fourth round, Greece).* Jose Antonio Montero (fifth round, Spain).* Ricardo Morandotti (sixth round, Italy).* Franjo Arapovic (seventh round, Croatia).*
1986 – Augusto Binelli (second round, Italy).* Alexander Volkov (sixth round, Russia), played for two seasons, 149 games. Valerie Tikhonenko (seventh round, Russia).*
1985 – Arvydas Sabonis (fourth round, Lithuania).*
1970 – Manuel Raga (10th round, Mexico).* Dino Meneghin (11th round, Italy).*
* Played no regular-season minutes with team