Drafted By Charlotte Hornets
One of the key stats is that Noah is only 18 years old. He spent 1 year at Indiana.
Playing Time Outlook = D+
If the frontline players on the Hornets (last year they were called the Bobcats) come back healthy, there’s not much room for Noah to get a ton of minuets his first season. One positive development for potential playing time is that starter Josh McRoberts opted out of his contract and is a free agent this summer. The team did say they want him to return – but most teams say this before actually writing a check. The team has Cody Zeller, who averaged 6pts per game in 82 games as a rookie last season … and he should get more playing time in year two even if McRoberts re-signs. At center, the Hornets are solid with Al Jefferson and Bismack Biyombo. If McRoberts were to not re-sign, I think you could upgrade Vonleh’s playing time grade to a C- or C. However, barring any injuries to Zeller, McRoberts, Biyombo and Jefferson – I don’t expect the Hornets to play Vonleh huge minuets his first season. He will be only 19 years old once the season starts, and the Hornets actually had a good season (and postseason) …. they are still building a team in Charlotte, but they aren’t re-building. Therefore, Noah Vonleh will likely see limited opportunities to score, but will probably make an impact on the defensive end when he plays.
Star Power = C+
Vonleh was projected to go a little higher than the 9th pick, so certainly Hornets fans will be feeling they got a player with upside. If Vonleh is able to learn from one of the best low-post players in the NBA (Al Jefferson) – he could develop into a nice two-way player when he matures a bit. I’ve heard comparisons to Chris Bosh …. but I believe that is just body-type, because Vonleh should rebound & block shots better than Bosh. If Vonleh is able to develop a mid-range jumper, that too would elevate his star power in the game.
Card Values = C-
During Vonleh’s rookie season, I think there will be fans looking to collect his cards as a potential sleeper type player that could develop in a few years. He will likely have some Indiana Hoosier fans collecting his cards as well. However, the majority of collectors will likely view Vonleh as an NBA prospect, so his values will be limited. You can probably peg Noah’s card values and playing time to Cody Zeller, who plays the same position – and was selected with the 4th pick in last years draft. Zeller only averaged 17.3 minuets per game during his rookie year, and you’ll likely see Noah in the same range.
Hope you enjoyed our rookie card outlook for Noah Vonleh. Over the next month, we will be analyzing the top 10 picks in the NBA draft and will add the links below to the other players. It should be a good year to collect NBA trading cards.
#6 Pick – Marcus Smart
#7 Pick – Julius Randle
#8 Pick – Nik Stauskas
#10 Pick – Elfrid Payton