Bad luck and misevaluation have been the core components of the Charlotte Bobcats failures on draft night. Such failures have resulted in the Bobcats continually missing out on cornerstone big men.
In 2006, the Chicago Bulls selected LaMarcus Aldridge with the second overall pick. With the third pick the Bobcats selected Adam Morrison, who hasn’t played in the league since 2010.
In 2007, the Bobcats agreed to send the eighth pick (Brandan Wright) to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for veteran scorer Jason Richardson. Joakim Noah was selected ninth.
D.J. Augustin was taken ninth in 2008 by the Bobcats, right before the New Jersey Nets settled on Brook Lopez with the tenth pick.
Since the peak years of Emeka Okafor, the Bobcats have been without a productive big man. They have been forced to play musical chairs with underwhelming options like Tyrus Thomas and Byron Mullens among others because of the premium placed on size.
The Bobcats have the chance to make amends to their draft mishaps and Maryland center Alex Len has the tools to be the answer to the Bobcats frontcourt uncertainty.
At 7’1, 255 lbs., Len possesses exceptional athleticism, length and quickness for his size. He routinely runs the floor and converts in transition, and is an excellent finisher in pick and roll situations. Len shows high potential on both sides of the ball. He’s proven to be a big threat with his face-up game. Len has no problem taking his defender to the paint and finishing strong.
Defensively, he rotates well with good lateral quickness. Len’s length and athleticism makes him a big weak-side threat to contest shots at the rim. His length has also bolstered his rebounding ability. Len averaged 4.3 offensive rebounds per 40 last season, 11.9 rebounds in total.
Len has been sidelined throughout the draft process with a stress fracture in his left ankle. Nonetheless, the success of similarly-sized big men like Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol presents strong curiosity about him.
Having a productive seven-footer in the paint is one of the most efficient ways to turn around a franchise, and Len shows promise in being able to control the paint on both sides of the ball. Considering how difficult it’s been for the Bobcats to acquire a player like that through trade or free agency, they might be better off drafting one.
Ten years from now, Len has said he will be considered the best player out of this year’s draft. If he plays anywhere near his claim, the Bobcats might be looking back at another draft boo-boo.
What Do You See Alex Len Becoming In The NBA
- Superstar (5%, 32 Votes)
- Solid Starter (53%, 376 Votes)
- Bust (3%, 21 Votes)
- Bench Reserve (6%, 46 Votes)
- All-Star (33%, 234 Votes)
Total Voters: 709