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2014 NBA Draft: Hornets get an A+ for picking Noah Vonleh at No. 9

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

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The Charlotte Hornets selected forward Noah Vonleh with the No. 9 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

This is a bit of a steal for the Hornets, grabbing a very talented big man who was projected to go as high as 3 or 4 in some mock drafts. He's been compared to Chris Bosh in terms of a mobile big man with a 3-point shot, and capable of defending the pick-and-roll along with the interior. Vonleh joins an up and coming Hornets team that made the playoffs last season.

He'll likely play next to Al Jefferson, who was an All-NBA big man this past season. Vonleh can allow them to play inside with both big men or he can help spread the floor. He also had the biggest hands in the draft, even bigger than Kawhi Leonard's hands when he was drafted.

Matt Moore of CBSSports.com believes this is a perfect pick for the Hornets at nine.

The 6-10, 240-pound Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Indiana, which finished 17-15 and was passed over for the NIT in 2013-14.

Noah Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in hislone season at Indiana.
Noah Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Indiana. (USATSI)

 
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