The 2014 NBA Draft is getting closer and it’s time to start taking a closer look at some of their first-round prospects. Next on the block is Indiana Hoosiers forward Noah Vonleh.
Why Draft Him?
Imagine a world where Marvin Williams became the player most analysts thought he was going to become after a few years of NBA seasoning. Vonleh has a similar hop in his step that Williams has and actually plays defense and attacks the hoop with his skills. In addition, Vonleh doesn’t shy away from going to the the foul-line, and shot around 70% in his lone season at Indiana. He also, on all accounts, was very coachable, which is great news for the molder of minds Brad Stephens. Vonleh could be a perfect fit for this front-court just like Aaron Gordon, but perhaps with a bit more of a willingness to attack the hook over and over.
Why Pass On Him?
That Marvin Williams comparison is scary and would be scary enough to any GM to shy away from taking Vonleh so early in the draft. He doesn’t have much experience on the basketball court, and while he has progressed as fast rate, one has to wonder if he can adjust to the speed of the NBA game without facing top competition throughout his entire basketball-playing career. Vonleh also lacks any polish with his game about 15-feet from the hoop. While Gordon has similar issues, he does have a better game than Vonleh with his back to the basket and on the break. Vonleh also has to add to his lean frame. Few players can rebound with the best of them in the NBA at his size, so hopefully once he gets to the next level, he will add some bulk.