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Noah Vonleh | Forward

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (19) / 8/24/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 240
College: Indiana
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Noah Vonleh's hernia injury will "definitely" affect how quickly he gets playing time, according to coach Steve Clifford.
Clifford added that the lottery pick made strides at Las Vegas, but he's said before that he's concerned about Vonleh being ready for consistent minutes even before the injury. While he has alluring upside in keeper leagues, Vonleh's redraft value doesn't look to appealing right now. Sep 13 - 9:33 PM

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Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh will miss 6-8 weeks after having surgery to fix a sports hernia.

Vonleh will miss training camp, a valuable opportunity to establish himself in coach Steve Clifford's rotation, and he'll begin the season buried behind Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller on the depth chart. Beat writer Rick Bonnell reports that Vonleh "was not expected to have a significant role as a rookie," which makes sense as the Hornets are coming off a playoff appearance and will likely emphasize wins over player development.
Sep 2 - 5:50 PM

The Hornets officially signed Noah Vonleh on Friday.

While the talent is there for Vonleh, Hornets coach Steve Clifford has stated repeatedly that he will be brought along slowly. It appears that Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller will be ahead of Vonleh in the rotation, and he's not likely to have a large impact on the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Jul 25 - 3:59 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that while rookies Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston have "starter's talent" they will not have a significant role with the team next season.

Clifford has really driven the point home this offseason that Vonleh will be brought along slowly, so owners should really temper their expectations as it looks like it might take an injury for Vonleh to see some serious time on the court. Hairston is going to be competing for minutes behind Lance Stephenson, Gary Neal, and Gerald Henderson, so he too will have a tough time contributing meaningful numbers on a nightly basis. It looks like both promising rookies have departed from the standard league conversation.
Jul 21 - 4:38 PM

Noah Vonleh kept his improvement trend going on Saturday, scoring 12 points with 10 boards and one block in 28 minutes.

He showed some great awareness and low-post presence today. Vonleh started his summer league with an 0-of-13 showing, but then put up three double-doubles in his next five games. The ceiling is there for the 2014 lottery pick once he puts on some extra size. It may just take a year before he really makes a splash.
Jul 19 - 6:41 PM

Noah Vonleh scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in the Hornets' 104-75 win over the Pelicans.

Vonleh has been wildly inconsistent during his five Summer League games in Las Vegas. He struggled with foul trouble on Thursday, tallying six fouls in 17 minutes of action. It is also alarming that he did not manage a single assist, steal, or block during his time on the court. Hornets coach Steve Clifford has already hinted at Vonleh coming of the bench during the regular season, and it is clear that the young power forward prospect still has a lot of developing to do.
Jul 17 - 5:58 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford strongly implied that he will bring No. 9 pick Noah Vonleh off the bench to begin his NBA career.

Charlotte's rookie will undoubtedly have a substantial role but it makes sense for the Hornets to ease their 18-year-old into the mix, and this helps to explain why they're paying Marvin Williams $7 million per season. "We’re trying to win. It’s not fair to throw him out there night after night against starters," Clifford said. "That’s also not fair to Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, etc ... I can make a really healthy argument that sometimes when guys are given too much [opportunity] they haven’t worked for, it very much hurts their development." Fantasy owners should scale back expectations accordingly.
Jul 15 - 8:50 PM

Noah Vonleh bounced back from his horrific debut with a 10-point, 18-board game on Sunday, adding four turnovers, eight fouls and one 3-pointer on 3-of-10 shooting.

He was excellent in the post and recognized the double-teams quickly. Vonleh also showed some touch and the Hornets clearly want him to be able to succeed away from the basket. Obviously, the rookie was phenomenal on the glass and pulled down a lot of hustle boards. This is the Vonleh we were expecting, so we'll see what he has in store vs. the Knicks on Monday.
Jul 13 - 8:03 PM

Noah Vonleh missed all 13 of his shots from the field and missed both free throw attempts vs. the Warriors on Friday.

Yikes. He also had six boards, one steal, three blocks, three turnovers and five fouls in 32 minutes. Vonleh was a fantastic jump shooter at Indiana last year, making 46 percent of his jumpers, but he rushed a bunch tonight. Now that Josh McRoberts is out o town, the rookie could be looking at some minutes. He'll look to get better vs. the Kings on Sunday.
Jul 11 - 10:52 PM

Noah Vonleh took over the Hornets Twitter feed on Friday, and let it be known that he's excited to be working with Al Jefferson.

"I think I'll complement [Jefferson] really well. I'm a stretch four and will create space for him to go to work in the post," Vonleh wrote. If Josh McRoberts ends up leaving as a free agent, that would leave Vonleh and Cody Zeller as Charlotte's primary weapons at power forward. McRoberts decision on whether to stay or go will dictate the fantasy appeal of Vonleh's game.
Jun 27 - 2:59 PM

Noah Vonleh said he played point-forward throughout high school and would like to handle the ball more with the Hornets.

"Growing up I was real versatile," Vonleh said. "I didn’t get to do too much of that in college. But handling the ball is something I have always been able to do, and hope to do at the next level." He's not going to handle the ball much with Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson around, but his interior scoring and rebounding project well at the next level. The fact that he fancies himself a guard will be tested early by Steve Clifford, as his long-range game and playmaking skills are question marks despite showing flashes of ability in college.
Jun 27 - 1:06 PM

The Hornets selected Indiana forward Noah Vonleh with the ninth pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

The 6’9" forward registered the second-largest hands in the history of the combine, a 7’4" wingspan, just seven percent body fat, and a max-vert of 37 inches while also showing some nice mid-range touch, which was a dominate part of his game last year with a 46 field goal percentage on his jumpers going in. Vonleh turned in solid stats in his freshman year at Indiana, averaging 11.3 points, 9.0 boards, 1.4 blocks and 0.9 steals on 52.3 percent from the field and 71.6 percent from the line. The Hornets may lose Josh McRoberts to free agency with Vonleh and second-year big man Cody Zeller able to handle the power forward duties. Vonleh could be a terrific fantasy player, but this isn't an ideal landing spot for him to start hot.
Jun 26 - 8:28 PM

Noah Vonleh is sliding down draft boards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Wojnarowski reports the earliest he is projected to go his seventh to the Lakers. Vonleh went as high as fifth to the Jazz in some mock drafts, but it now appears teams in the top six have soured on the Indiana prospect.
Jun 26 - 7:20 PM

The 76ers invited Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh to a workout Thursday morning.

It's unclear if either accepted, but it would have been a surprise to see either do so. Randle turned down a workout with the Celtics on Wednesday, so there's really no way he'd go for it after he said he's "done enough." As for Vonleh, he is climbing up draft boards and is almost a lock to go in the top five.
Jun 26 - 5:52 PM

The Magic could select Noah Vonleh with the fourth pick in the draft.

According to Ken Berger at CBS Sports, the Magic would prefer to take Dante Exum at four, but he may not make it past the 76ers at three. Vonleh has picked up a ton of steam ever since he registered the second-largest hands in the history of the combine.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 6:24 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Brian Roberts
3Jannero Pargo
SG1Lance Stephenson
2Gary Neal
3P.J. Hairston
SF1Gerald Henderson
2Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
3Jeff Taylor
PF1Marvin Williams
2Cody Zeller
3Noah Vonleh
4D.J. White
C1Al Jefferson
2Bismack Biyombo