Maryland center Alex Len is usually listed around No. 7 or 8 on where he might be selected among NBA draft experts. That number falls closely to where the Sacramento Kings are picking. They have the No. 7 selection, but no one seems to speculate that the 7-foot-1, 225-pound native from the Ukraine is on the team’s list of possibilities.
He has to be on Sacramento’s list if the Kings are serious about moving forward in the NBA standings. He has plenty of talent that is going to help the Kings, especially defensively.
Len isn’t going to provide the NBA team that selects him with much offensive firepower, at least not until he learns how to move more effectively to the basket. In his sophomore year with Maryland, he averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. He averaged 26.4 minutes a game and did shoot 53.4 percent from the floor, which is promising for a player his size.
Scouts like the fact that Len is a good athlete for someone his size. He is a strong shot blocker and rebounder and can pass out of the post, but he inconsistency has some NBA teams worried about taking a shot at him.
Len fills many of the other categories very well and gives a team like the Kings a solid force inside. That’s going to make it easier for a team to progress as Len matures into his role. He could turn into one of the best big men in the league, and that’s why the Kings should take him.