Massachusetts Native Noah Vonleh Leaving NBA For Shanghai Sharks

Vonleh played for seven teams across seven seasons in the league


September 16, 2021

NBA journeyman Noah Vonleh is headed to China.

Vonleh, who played in four games last season with the Brooklyn Nets, signed with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to NBA reporter Keith Smith.

The Indiana product was born and raised in Massachusetts. He attended Haverhill High School before transferring to New Hampton School in New Hampshire.

After one college season, Vonleh was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the No. 9 overall pick in 2014, but his career never quite panned out stateside. He played for a myriad of teams — the Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets — before briefly joining the Nets for his seventh and final (for now) season in the league.

He was waived by the team in February.

His longest tenure with any club stretched from 2015 to 2017-18, when he appeared in 185 games for Portland. However, his best season by far came in 2018-19 with the Knicks. That year, Vonleh started 57 games, averaging 8.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in an average of 25.3 minutes on the floor — all career highs.

Vonleh’s career only bottomed out last season, as he logged an average of 10.5 minutes through 36 games for the Timberwolves and Nuggets in 2019-20.

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