The Charlotte Hornets sent former Indiana big man Noah Vonleh to the D-League on Sunday. Vonleh was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and made his debut there on Sunday night, scoring 12 points (5-7 FG) and grabbing three rebounds in 16 minutes.
Vonleh has played in only four games for the Hornets this year, averaging 2.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Vonleh missed much of the preseason with an injury, and that put him behind the eight ball. The Hornets are just 10-21 this season, one of the NBA's more disappointing teams.
“We believe Noah would benefit greatly from additional game experience,” Rich Cho, the Hornets General Manager, said in a release. “He will be able to get that playing time through this D-League assignment.”
If you're in the Fort Wayne area, Vonleh's reassignment is an opportunity for you to get to see him play again. Obviously, it's easy to imagine Vonleh playing for the Hoosiers this season and how much better it would make them, and it's easy to question his decision to leave after only one season. But his stock was high, he was a top 10 pick, and he's getting paid. It's hard to blame him.