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June 26, 2014

Charlotte Hornets select Noah Vonleh with the ninth pick

The Hornets passed over their need for shooting with the ninth pick of the NBA draft Thursday, going instead with Indiana power forward Noah Vonleh.

    In doing so, the Hornets passed on Creighton small forward Doug McDermott, who shot 45 percent from the college 3-point line.

    This is the second consecutive draft where the Bobcats/Hornets used a lottery pick on an Indiana big man. Last June they chose Cody Zeller with the fourth overall pick. The Hornets are in danger of losing their incumbent starter at power forward, with Josh McRoberts opting out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent next month.

Vonleh, 18, is 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds and turned pro after his freshman season. He averaged 11.3 points and nine rebounds for the Hoosiers. He shot 53 percent overall and 49 percent from 3-point range.



Posted by Observer Sports on June 26, 2014 at 08:38 PM | Permalink


We needed perimeter players and we picked ANOTHER PF when we have 3 SMH just Fing stupid.


Good move McBob looks gone and this kid has size, he can shoot, rebound, and block shots. Him and Big Al are going to work well together. We can get a perimeter player at 24.

Posted by: Jason | Jun 26, 2014 9:23:20 PM

You can address the shooting needs in free agency . The Clippers want Henderson . He paid 3 million to opt out . Cho would be an idiot to not try to get something for him . And they tried to shop Mkg but no one wants him despite lying about it . Plus , anything in return would be too much per a trade partner for Mkg . If Cho had any sense , he would have taken Payton who could run this team . Kemba may not re up and will never get this team to the 2 nd round . The pick was nice bc the Hornets need a pf that can play both ends to improve as much as anything else , despite the claim for outside shooting . Reddick will be available . But when Cho gets what he thinks he wants at sg , the real value of one of the wings will be finally realized . Henderson shot damn near 40% from the arc after the break . He was improving . They will never replace his dee . It ain't his fault they paired him w Mkg who can't shoot or a pt gd who can't facilitate igniting both wings and can't shoot either . Expect a trade . A shooter in free agency . A better back up pt gd . That McRoberts is gone . And the Hornets won't make the playoffs next yr as they won't be able to be better than 8 teams in the East bc of the two ball hogging no dee playing players at pt and center .

Posted by: Iron man | Jun 26, 2014 9:36:27 PM

Good move, good move, good move...This team is not close to a championship, you choose the best players available and trade or use free agency to find shooting. McDermott is not as good potentially as Vonleh, don't pass on a superior player just to fill a need when you aren't a contender, you keep building your talent base

Posted by: T | Jun 26, 2014 10:12:20 PM

Cho .. What an idiot . You want to outsmart everybody . You will regret moving Napier . He will be better than Kemba running point in 1 yr from today . The Heat knew what they wanted . There's a reason Riley will always be smarter than Cho . In Cho we trust . Lmfao .

Posted by: Iron man | Jun 26, 2014 10:38:50 PM

Spurs make a good pick as usual . Someone who can play and pass .

Posted by: Iron man | Jun 26, 2014 10:50:40 PM

Lol, Iron Man get a clue and a life buddy. Your posting pure nonsense based on nothing but your opinion, which is cool but state it as that instead of passing it off as fact, your killing Chocolate but he actually made good moves tonight, I agree I prefer Napier to Hairston but this team needed shooting and I bet they end up with a P before the draft is over they now have 2 2nd Rd picks and there's always free agency

Posted by: T | Jun 26, 2014 11:10:39 PM

Not sure why we gave Napier to the Heat, especially with Lebron wanting him. I would've at least tried to get a future first out of that one.

Posted by: cornchip | Jun 26, 2014 11:34:13 PM

@ cornchip, I agree- especially with the barrel LBJ has them over at the moment; but still pretty happy, talent wise, at least, with PJ.

@ T, you are exactly right; it was nice to see to see a lil lottery luck our way. The office made absolutely the right move on that pick.

Whiners are going to cry: picking two PF's in two drafts; but Biz is probably on his way out (bloody HUGE mistake), and Zeller is 7 ft. So you got two starters and a helluva high draft pick as the backup for one of them.

Yeah, whiners, we need some outside scoring desperately, but ya can't teach big (especially when your PG is 5ft 3in).

Posted by: the Dude | Jun 27, 2014 12:18:37 AM

Vonleh is a home run:

Way better than a 9th pick. Should have gone before Gordon, Stauskas, and probably Randle.

Fits a need. We only had one "4" signed to the team heading into the draft.

Rebounds very well, has "stretch 4" offensive skills, but also the length and strength potential to guard Centers. So you
can play him next to any of Zeller, Jefferson, or Biyombo.

It really was a no-brainer to pick him. Barring injury, his floor is a 10-year starter and his ceiling is an All-Star.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Jun 27, 2014 12:55:35 AM

Needed a perimeter shooter, terrible pick.

Posted by: tony | Jun 27, 2014 5:37:54 AM

Vonleh IS a perimeter shooter AND so much more. Now we have two 4's instead of just one. PLUS he was the best player available.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Jun 27, 2014 9:15:57 AM

He would have gone #1 last year easily!
This was a total win and I bet will be our best pick next to Kemba in the past 5 years easily 3 years down the road.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder | Jun 27, 2014 2:19:29 PM

i swear we have the dumbest fanbase in the world.

they love mcroberts, boo boris diaw. they talk about what a bust adam morrison was (wasn't on him), and then want to draft mcdermott. they booed cody zeller on draft night, because they wanted ben mclemore or alex len. they talk about mkg as if he was a horrible pick RIGHT AFTER he had (at age 20) a 20 and 10 playoff game against lebron WHILE SHUTTING LEBRON DOWN. now you're mad about drafting a 19 year old 4 man as if we absolutely have no use for him, when he was the best player available and stauskus was already off the board anyways. aaaaaaaaaaaaand they got hairston later who was better than all the other guys available. we don't need role players we need top end talent. if that means we have a few misses, so be it, but they have to swing for the fences. and you always go with size when all else fails.....skilled big men are not easy to come by.

dear all:

please get smarter.

love (really hate),


Posted by: charlottean | Jun 29, 2014 8:15:53 PM

Vonleh was BY FAR the best player avaliable, he should have been a top 5 pick. This is perhaps the only draft in the last 10 years where the pick was based on "best avaliable" and not on "need". ESPN and NBA.com compared the kid to Lamarcus Aldrige, I don't know how true that is, but anything similar would be huge. I could take a poors man Serge Ibaka, which is what we all hoped from Biyombo, unfortunately I lost all hope on Biz.

Posted by: Go Hornets! | Jul 1, 2014 9:24:46 AM

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