The New York Knicks went to the well once again, adding former Indiana standout Noah Vonleh to a free agent deal. Vonleh, a power forward, split last season with the Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls.
Vonleh joins Emmanuel Mudiay and Mario Hezonja as other top-10 picks who have yet to pan out in the NBA. Both Mudiay and Hezonja have showed brief flashes of what made them top picks. Vonleh, meanwhile, has never gotten a consistent chance at playing a meaningful role.
With the significant injury to Kristaps Porzingis, a knee injury that could force him to miss most or all of the 2018-19 season, Vonleh will receive an opportunity to fight for minutes. In addition to the Porzingis injury, the Knicks also lost veteran big man Kyle O’Quinn in free agency.
Michael Beasley, a gifted scorer who can play the small or power forward positions, also left via free agency, signing a 1-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Charlotte Hornets selected the 6-foot-9 Vonleh with the ninth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The power forward is still just 22 years old. He started 12 games last season with both the Trail Blazers and Bulls.
Vonleh, who ended the season in Chicago, tallied 6.9 PPG and 6.9 RPG with the Bulls.
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