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Big men Len, Smith move up NBA Draft boards

Jun 12, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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It’s an annual occurrence, like the swallows returning to Capistrano, or the Grammy going to some banal performer.

Big men move up  NBA draft boards.

This year Alex Len out of Maryland is the biggest beneficiary of this, with Steven Adams of Pittsburgh climbing the ladder, too.

DraftExpress has Len going No. 4 to the Bobcats, Adams No. 10 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Over at NBA.com, Scott Howard-Cooper talks about how those two are moving up fast.

Len is the best true center in this draft — plenty of teams looked at three of the final four teams in the NBA and noticed they had a true center in the lineup and they are looking for a good one (the Heat being the exception, but they have the LeBron trump card). Len is  7’1” and can add strength to his frame. This guy has all the physical tools you want in a center — moves well, soft hands, good touch around the rim, can pass, blocks shots, ad he rebounds. He’s a bit raw offensively, but he’s got a lot of potential because all the tools are there. The questions are how tough he can be and why was his energy was inconsistent?

Also, Len had surgery on a stress fracture in his ankle. He should be fine in the long run he hasn’t done any workouts and will not be playing in Summer League.

Adams is also raw, but there aren’t a lot of finished products in this draft. Adams is a legit 7’0” at 255 pounds is still very mobile. He was in the first round already but started climbing boards after the NBA Draft Combine when he showed more skill than expected. He’s a bit of a project, especially on offense, but he has a nice high ceiling and he can give you some defense and rebounding right away. And teams will take a big who can give them some defense and rebounding now and then some offense down the line.’

Don’t be shocked if a team trades up to get Len, or he goes a little higher than No. 4 — he is really growing on teams right now. Both of these guys are climbing.

  1. madnova - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    So, where is the news on Big Man Smith?

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      He moved so far up the board, he actually moved completely off it.

  2. robforman - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Couldn’t get past the headline without a major error. The lack of professionalism in this blog, especially considering it’s owned by NBC, never ceases to amaze me.

  3. dangernearing - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Busts

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