Feb 25, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Noah Vonleh (center) looks to pass as Wisconsin Badgers guard Traevon Jackson (12) and forward Frank Kaminsky (right) defend at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Indiana 69-58. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Draft: Noah Vonleh is more than just gigantic hands


With Noah Vonleh’s draft stock rising, he may be out of the Phoenix’s reach, but if the Suns can trade up to get him, they’ll be getting a special player.

Strengths

While not necessarily the elite athlete other prospects might be, the former Indiana center has superior measurements that give him a high ceiling. Vonleh is nearly 6’10” with shoes, making him capable of playing at the power forward position, but that’s nothing compared to his massive wingspan of more than 7’4″. Combine that with his gigantic hands, and he should be capable of handling center duties as well.

Another important part of Vonleh’s game relentlessness on the glass. He crashes the boards with abandon, creating more scoring opportunities for his team.

Weaknesses

Vonleh is at 240 pounds and could continue to add more weight to bang with the big boys down low. He also must work on his handle and his interior passing, as he sometimes looked uncomfortable against double teams. If he wants to become a great player, he could improve the volume and consistency of his perimeter shot — he hit 49 percent from three-point range but only averaged 1.1 threes per game. That, combined with his knack for rebounding, could make him a dangerous inside-out player in the NBA.

How he would fit with the Suns:

If Phoenix was lucky enough to nab Vonleh, he would probably see some D-League stints or get limited minutes deep on the bench seeing as he is so young. Probably the only two exceptions would be if Channing Frye declines his option or if either/both Frye or Markieff Morris are moved in a trade. In those cases, Vonleh would have time to earn more minutes, but at this point he could be a few years out from contributing.

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  • 4everis2long

    This would be one of those trades that would not be announced until Suns were convinced Vonleh/Randall was available. Someone would have to take M. Smart five or six for Vonleh or Randall to slip to 7 spot. Could you imagine getting him or Randall, sign J. Hill or E. Davis for a low post vet while the young power forward matures. We would be playoff bound and future ready.

    • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

      I’m imagining that scenario and I don’t see Frye anywhere! How sweet!

      • 4everis2long

        Who?

        • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

          Lol!