If developed properly, this can turn into a star-studded NBA Draft. The Celtics should keep an eye on Indiana power forward Noah Vonleh.
Vonleh really helped himself at the combine with his measurements and athletic testing. He measured in at 6-foot-10, with a massive wingspan of 7-foot-4. He also had the biggest hands in the draft with 11 and a half inch hands.
Athletically, Vonleh had a nine-foot standing reach, a 31-inch no-step vertical, and he also had an amazing 37-inch max vertical. That 37-inch vertical is amazing for a kid his size.
Noah Vonleh had great numbers per 40 minutes. His number compared a little favorably to the more high-profile Julius Randle. Per 40 minutes, Vonleh scored 17 points on 52 percent shooting, grabbed 13.6 rebounds, blocked 2.1 shots, and also shot 72 percent from the charity stripe.
Vonleh came into college as a “raw” prospect offensively. He worked on his game in college, and became a 49 percent shooter from the three-point line; keep in mind he only shot 33 three pointers on the season.
Vonleh will have to work on his post moves when he comes into the league, but that’s the case with a lot of prospects. But his versatility and ability to be a great defender, and to defend power forwards and centers, are what I think separate Vonleh from Randle and Aaron Gordon at the top of the power-forward group.
Also note that Vonleh is from Massachusetts. He grew up a little less than 45 minutes north of Boston. How great would it be for a kid from the area to anchor down his hometown team.
One NBA comparison for Vonleh to think of is Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ibaka is similar in his physique and style of play. The two players are similar offensively — they can shoot the jumper — and defensively — they are swat masters supreme. Vonleh should be a very good pro.