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|Noah Vonleh recovering from hernia surgery |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(9/6/14) Hornets rookie forward Noah Vonleh may get his career off to a delayed start, after he was forced to have sports hernia surgery in early September.
Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick in this year's draft, will require 6-8 weeks of recovery time following the surgery, putting his availability for the start of the regular season in question. At the very least, this could cause him to miss the start of training camp, hurting his chances of earning a role early.
Vonleh played one season at Indiana University before declaring for the draft. The big man averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in just 26.5 minutes per game.
|Noah Vonleh might have slipped far enough in the draft to land right in a starting role, as the Hornets made him the No. 9 overall selection last June. The Hornets lost Josh McRoberts this offseason and could look to Vonleh -- among a few other options -- to step into the starting role. Even if he does, however, Vonleh is unlikely to make a big impact as a rookie, given the presence of Al Jefferson at center, taking a huge number of shots. Vonleh could be a natural fit, but he likely won't be asked to do much right away, after averaging 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a freshman at the University of Indiana. Vonleh is likely to be a marginal contributor for Fantasy purposes this season, but should be worth a mid-round pick in Dynasty/keeper-league formats.
(Updated 8/26/14) |
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