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Measurements: 6’9”, 247 pounds, 37-inch max vertical, 7’4.25” wingspan
Strengths: Growing offensive repertoire, big frame, rebounding
Weaknesses: Turnovers, distributing, leadership
Comparable NBA Players: Chris Bosh, Zach Randolph
Key 2013-14 Stats: 11.3 points (52.3 percent from the field), 9.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.4 blocks
If you were to take some of Chris Bosh’s offensive game, mix it with Zach Randolph’s rebounding ability and sprinkle in Serge Ibaka’s build, you’d get Indiana standout freshman Noah Vonleh.
He was a strong player on a weak team last year, but he’s been so impressive since declaring for the draft that he is now being thrown around as a top-five pick.
The Hoosiers forward led the Big Ten in rebounding this past season, and his wingspan is the second-longest in the draft class.
Per DraftExpress, he has great measurements in all areas: “More importantly, Vonleh had the largest height-to-wingspan differential (8.25 inches). Vonleh also measured freakishly large hands in terms of length (9.75 inches) and width (11.75 inches), both tops in the combine.”
The physical tools are there. His frame is ideal for a power forward in today’s NBA, and his offensive game has taken major strides and will likely continue to do so at the next level.
But is he cut out for stardom?
Here are Michael Visenberg and Aran Smith of NBADraft.net discussing some of Vonleh's flaws:
Visenberg: Confidence is still an issue. Despite possessing great offensive tools, he took relatively few shots for a team banking on him to be a 2nd scoring option.
A hard working kid with a lot of upside, the only drawback is that he may take time for things to click and could lose confidence if he is not successful in his first 2-3 seasons. A candidate to disappoint initially and break out with his second NBA team.
Smith: Becoming a star is just a matter of confidence and believing in himself ... A very nice kid. Needs to learn to develop a little more swagger on the court ... Can learn to become a more vocal leader
Boston would love to have Vonleh, whose “ceiling sits about three stories higher than [Jared Sullinger's] or [Kelly Olynyk's],” according to Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman. “He's skilled in the post with his back to the rim, and he's got a promising perimeter game.”
It’s unlikely that Vonleh takes the league by storm immediately, but he has All-Star potential down the road.
Whether or not the Celtics want to wait on that remains to be seen.