Draft Express had Alex Len as No. 1 on their big board, and he was being conidered for the top overall pick just over half an hour ago. Yet here he is at No. 5 and the Sun scooped him up.
Alex Len is a rare true 7-footer who can impact the game on both ends of the floor. He has the ability to finish in the paint as well as step out and hit a 15-foot jump shot. He can also affect the game defensively with his size, length and athleticism.
I really like Alex Len. He was No. 5 on my board. However, Nerlens Noel an Ben McLemore were No. 1 and No. 2 on my board so this choice is, um, interesting. Apparently the rumors of the Suns red-flagging Nerlens Noel's knee were a bit more than smoke. And McLemore is talented, but again true 7-footers are bit harder to come by than shooting guards who can shoot.
However, Len missed the combine and workouts due to a stress fracture in his ankle, an stress fractures can often spell doom for men as large as Len. The Suns must not see it is a big issue though.
The other thing about this selection is that it means the Suns really can move Marcin Gortat. I don't think we're quite finished with this lottery...
As always, you are warned not to freak-the-hell-out about these Draft rumors. They happen. Teams call each other and explore ideas and then someone decides to leak that to the media (for reasons I'm not totally clear about). In this case, the rumor is that the Suns would trade the 5th-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft with the Sacramento Kings who own the 7th pick.
Per the rumor, the Kings are targeting Kansas guard Ben McLemore while the Suns would want Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams.
It's hard to know what to make of this, but on the surface I'd not be opposed. I'm not a McLemore fan (talent needs the right leadership between the ears and this kid has a lot of question marks there). If Phoenix can get Jimmer Fredette or some other decent asset and still get the guy they like in MCW, why not? I could see him in a backcourt with Goran Dragic...that works for me.
Of course, a LOT has to happen for this scenario to play out. I would imagine that it would mean Victor Oladipo is off the board already and then New Orleans would have to use the 6th pick on someone else like Bennett or Len.
This Draft is so fluid.
Anyway, here's the rumor source material:
As the Kings look to move up from No. 7, they could find a trade partner in the Suns, who are exploring a move back from No. 5, sources say.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 27, 2013
Teams say Sacramento's probable target in a trade up would be Kansas' Ben McLemore.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 27, 2013
If the Suns move down in this draft it is likely to draft Michael Carter Williams— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) June 27, 2013
I'd expect a LOT of these kinds of rumors to be flying tonight. Fun stuff.
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