The Charlotte Bobcats need help in their front-court. Badly. Byron Mullens isn’t efficient or a defensive stalwart, and Bismack Biyombo has no offensive game to speak of. Combine the two, and you’d have a pretty decent big man. But individually, their flaws are gigantic and easy to expose.
Needless to say, as we’ve exercised countless times here at Bobcats Planet during this disastrous 2012-13 season, the Bobcats are starving for some good, young talent in the paint.
Mullens and Biyombo serve a purpose and are solid young talents to grow on. But neither is a true go-to guy in any sense of the phrase, and the only way they’ll ever truly get better is if a more advanced post presence can help them find their true role and help Charlotte stop trying to make them into superstars.
Any way you shake it, Charlotte needs more meat down low, so it only makes sense to steer the draft ship toward big man Alex Len, as we start pondering what Charlotte might do should they pick outside the top-five. After all, with how god awful this year has been, it’s probably right to assume the Bobcats won’t be landing the #1 overall pick, right?
With that said, on to scouting Maryland center Alex Len.
Note: I continue to hold off on scouting Marcus Smart, simply because guard isn’t a major need for Charlotte.
Alex Len’s Strengths
Has outstanding size and length for the NBA center position. Good enough athlete to play the four, while possessing a solid jumper with growing range, as well. Has an array of post moves. Can finish around the rim in a multitude of ways. Is strong to the basket and can finish above the rim with ease. Has no problem shooting over defenders. Extremely fluid for his position. Nice athleticism. Has solid shot-blocking ability and improving overall awareness. Efficient player. Keeps good concentration on offense. Knocks down free throws at a decent rate for a center.
Alex Len’s Weaknesses
Too lanky for the NBA center position, and probably for power forward, as well. Definitely has to bulk up and get stronger. Turns the ball over too much and can force the issue when facing the basket. Needs to work on control and consistency. Should be a better rebounder for his size, but he’s still solid. Can get into foul trouble. Needs to work on footwork and defensive fundamentals. Has real potential here, but needs to put in the film and weight room hours.
Should the Bobcats Draft Alex Len?
Absolutely. If the Bobcats find themselves crying over not being in the top-five, they should consider it a blessing in disguise if Len is available when they do pick. Len still needs to get stronger and more consistent, but this kid could be a special talent if he keeps progressing. He has rare fluidity and a nice skill-set already for an NBA center, and would immediately give the Bobcats the type of low-post player they severely lack. He’ll need some time to become the player he has the ability to be, but with the right coaching he should live up to being a lottery selection.