Nogueira is expected to be first up to try to earn backup minutes at center due to his experience, but won't get many chances to prove himself worty, especially if rookie Jakob Poetl proves to be a better option, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.
Nogueira will need to compete with Poetl in fall camp in order to earn a consistent bench role behind starting center Jonas Valanciunas. In the 20115-16 season, Nogueira appeared in 29 games , averaging 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in eight minutes per game.
Lucas Nogueira (coach's decision) was inactive for Tuesday's 102-96 overtime loss to the Heat in Game 1 of the series.
Nogueira hasn't played in any of the Toronto Raptors ' eight postseason games to date, and he'll likely remain inactive throughout the playoffs so long as none of the team's other players succumb to an injury.
Lucas Nogueira will draw the start in Toronto's season finale versus the Nets.
Nogueria will start at center for the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. He has averaged only 6.8 minutes in the 28 games he has seen action this season. It will be hard to predict his output based on the lack of history to go on, but he should see a relatively heavy workload.
Lucas Nogueira was recalled from the D-League's Toronto Raptors 905 on Monday.
Nogueira's last appearance with the Raptors came on March 2, during which he played five minutes. He's not a regular part of the Raptors' rotation and will struggle to see the court in competitive games.
Nogueira has played in 21 games this season, averaging 2.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.4 steals in seven minutes per game during 2015-16. With Jonas Valanciunas, Jason Thompson, Patrick Patternson, James Johnson, and Bismack Biyombo on the team, Nogueira has been buried on the depth chart all season.
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