Why Noah Vonleh Is Safer 2014 NBA Draft Prospect Than Julius Randle

January 28th, 2014 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

Kentucky's Julius Randle versus Indiana's Noah Vonleh—it's a heads-up debate that will be going on in every NBA draft room. 

These are the big dogs of the freshmen and projected 2014 draft class—two strong, physical forwards with bodies of grown men.

As college athletes, one is more dominant than the other. Randle is the better pound-for-pound basketball player as of today, while Vonleh is the more raw, underdeveloped talent.

And because of that, their roles are vastly different for their respective teams. 

According to Kenpom's advanced stats (subscription required), Randle is used in 29 percent of his team's possessions, compared to Vonleh, who's used just 22 percent of the time. It's not to take anything away from Randle's game—he can flat-out dominate—but he's also getting a whole lot more touches in the offense. 

They're actually putting up very similar numbers per 40 minutes. Randle is the superior offensive player at the moment; however, Vonleh cleans the glass at a slightly better rate.

While Randle might be producing results in ...

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