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Alex Len to have surgery

Unread postby JJN » Sat May 04, 2013 12:42 pm

This could be a pretty big shakeup in the lottery for us. Len has been talked about as being third or fourth on our big board for much of the season.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/surgery-cl ... --nba.html
Former Maryland center Alex Len underwent surgery on Friday to repair a partial stress fracture in his left ankle and will be out of basketball action for four-to six months....

Many mock drafts had Len projected to be selected within the first seven picks, but the surgery now leaves some doubt where he will be selected. Len will not be able to work out for teams and he could miss the start of next season.


If Noel and Porter end up being gone by the time we pick, that could leave us with a shit salad of Shabazz, Zeller 2, Oladipo (who I actually like as something like the second coming of Iggy, but it will depend on if he measures out tall enough to play SF in most of our lineups), and Bennett (a tweener that I don't know fits on this team, bc I don't think he can play the 3).

Now, I don't like Len with our lottery pick, but if Noel and Porter are both gone, I could be ok with the pick, especially if he was playing with the stress fracture all year. If Len starts to free fall and is available with our pick at 19, I think it would probably be the steal of the draft.
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Re: Alex Len to have surgery

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Sat May 04, 2013 1:15 pm

JJN wrote:Shabazz, Zeller 2


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Re: Alex Len to have surgery

Unread postby JJN » Sat May 04, 2013 2:04 pm

e0y2e3 wrote:
JJN wrote:Shabazz, Zeller 2


excuse me while I vomit all over


I agree. Would much rather take a shot with Oladipo or Gobert over Shazeller. I think there is good value throughout most of this draft, just not at the top outside of two or three players.
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Re: Alex Len to have surgery

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Sat May 04, 2013 3:30 pm

It would be pretty special watching Shabazz and Waiters take turns ignoring Kyrie once they got the ball though.
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Unread postby peeker643 » Sat May 04, 2013 5:39 pm

e0y2e3 wrote:It would be pretty special watching Shabazz and Waiters take turns ignoring Kyrie once they got the ball though.


Good news is they'd only likely have to ignore him for the 25-35 games he'll play.

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Re: Alex Len to have surgery

Unread postby pup » Sat May 04, 2013 10:26 pm

Has there ever been a time in draft history when it would have been worse to have 5 lottery picks in 3 years than these last 3?
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Re: Alex Len to have surgery

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Sat May 04, 2013 11:23 pm

It really is incredible. Sure they got the best player out of those three years and a kid who if he gets healthy will be an annual all-star, but beyond that uhg.

Although if anyone knew Drummond would decide to care about basketball once he got to the NBA that would have changed things
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Unread postby CAVSTRIBEBROWNSin07! » Mon May 06, 2013 10:08 am

Anyone who watched more than 2 Maryland games last year would have zero interest in Len. Cavs dodged a bullet with this injury.
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Unread postby pod2dawg » Mon May 06, 2013 8:36 pm

pup wrote:Has there ever been a time in draft history when it would have been worse to have 5 lottery picks in 3 years than these last 3?


Going back 54 years........no.
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Re: Alex Len to have surgery

Unread postby JJN » Tue May 07, 2013 1:26 pm

pod2dawg wrote:
pup wrote:Has there ever been a time in draft history when it would have been worse to have 5 lottery picks in 3 years than these last 3?


Going back 54 years........no.


2004, 2005, 2006.

Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, LaMarcus Aldridge, luol Deng, and Iggy. Those are the five players in the lottery that have had good careers that haven't been destroyed by injuries. If you want to extend out to 2007, you can add Durant, Horford, Conley, and Noah to that list.

Between 2004 and 2007, you were lucky to get 3 all star level players out of the lottery. The past few drafts haven't been great in terms of superstar potential, but there have been pretty solid players available throughout the lottery, there just hasn't been as much separation in terms of talent between 2 and 15 as you would normally expect.

Hell, I would say that '00 through '02 was worse than these three drafts project to be.
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