As the NBA approaches the All-Star break, we take a look at how the former Indiana basketball players are performing & whether they deserve to be All-Stars.
The Hoosiers are currently on a three-game winning streak, with three consecutive double-digit victories over Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan State, and it seems like the perfect time to check in on the former Hoosiers that are now thriving in the NBA after spending at least one season in the cream and crimson.
The All-Star break is approaching quickly and I’m curious whether or not any former Indiana basketball players have a chance to make a showing in the All-Star game festivities. Whether it be the three-point contest to the actual All-Star game with the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant, anything would be significant for Hoosier Nation.
A look at former Indiana basketball players in the NBA
Noah Vonleh – Boston Celtics
2022-23 NBA Stats: 23 GP | 1 GS | 7.4 MPG | 1.1 PPG | 2.1 RPG | 0.3 BPG | 45.8 FG%
At the current moment, Noah Vonleh does not reside on an NBA roster, despite playing 23 games for the Boston Celtics earlier in the season and fairing decently well in his limited time on the floor.
The former 9th overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft has played now in eight seasons for his career but has not averaged more than 9.0 points in any of his seasons. In his rookie campaign with Charlotte, he played just 25 games and averaged 3.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.
His best season in the NBA was his fifth season for the New York Knicks in 2018-19, where Vonleh averaged 8.4 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and managed to shoot 33.6 percent from beyond the arc in 25.3 minutes per game.
After just one season in Bloomington for the 2013-14 season where he averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Hoosiers, his decision to leave for the NBA came as a surprise and possibly led to his eventual role in his career success and failures so far.