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Possible Top 10 draft pick Alex Len out 4-6 months after ankle surgery

May 3, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

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Maryland center Alex Len had been moving up draft boards — big men always move up the board and Len is 7’1” and skilled, with a good touch around the basket. DraftExpress had him going No. 7.

I say had because news came out Friday that Len had ankle surgery that will sideline him into next season, something tweeted by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

This could drop him a little, but likely not that much so long as team doctors are convinced this is something he can recover from, something that will not be chronic.

If you’re looking for positives, early in the season he looked great against the likely No. 1 overall pick Nerlens Noel. But Lee has had an up-and-down season. The questions revolve around his strength and toughness.

But in a draft full of risks, teams are more willing to gamble on true centers with a deft scoring touch inside. He’s the kind of big you can see as a solid rotation player in a couple years, and there is a lot of value in that.

  1. saint1997 - May 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Oh man this draft is boring. I get obsessed with draft classes and I have to say besides 2-3 guys most of these players are busts or minor role players. However people staying for a year has made 2014 the most awesome draft class! Seriously check it out – best since 2003

  2. 20ereedboyyyy - May 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Ask any MD fan, Len blows….we won’t miss him, that should tell people all they need to know about drafting him in the lottery

    • Kurt Helin - May 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Remember, NBA teams care about where he can be in three years. That he is in the lottery really speaks to this draft depth, or lack thereof.

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