July 31, 2014

Is Alex Len the next Zydrunas Ilgauskus?

The comparison is obvious. Len, the 7’1″ Eastern European center from the University of Maryland agrees with the assessment-

“Ilgauskas, also an Eastern European, is a good analogy: A guy with true-center size who could shoot well enough to place defenders in predicaments. Ilgauskas scored nearly 11,000 career points. But there’s a way the Ilgauskas-Len comparison works against Len.

Ilgauskas had chronic foot problems over most of his pro career. Len is in a walking boot, after having surgery in April to stabilize a partial stress fracture in his left ankle. Noted Charlotte foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson did that surgery. Len’s rehab schedule suggests he’ll be cleared to start running in August and be fully recovered by the time training camp starts in October.”

“It’s that European style where big men can do whatever they want to,’’ Len described. “It just makes me a little different.’’ [Bonnell/Charlotte Observer]

The Cavaliers are rumored to be interested in Len with the first overall pick, and Ilgauskas himself has been scouting him. If the Cavaliers do draft Len, who better to work with him than Ilgauskas?

The draft is June 27th.

[Related: Top Pick Debate, plenty to rule out]

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I thought orthopedists did all of those surgeries, but you might be right, at that level they might specialize on certain types of operations.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Some quick snippets from the interwebz (basically they are both specialists.)
    Orthohopedic surgery or orthopedics (also spelled orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedics) is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system.
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    Andrews is arguably the most renowned orthopedic surgeon in his profession for knee, elbow, and shoulder injuries.
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    Dr. Robert Anderson
    – Past President of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
    – Founding member of the Foot & Ankle Institute at OrthoCarolina
    – Serves as a team physician for the Carolina Panthers
    – Serves as a consultant to numerous collegiate and professional teams.

  • Harv 21

    Way late to the game on this but, after amateur scouting Len video, color me muy impressed. Believe that health permitting this guy will be way better than Z ever was. I remember Z’s first year actually playing – Len’s arsenal and agility are way beyond that right now. Going out on a limb – if he develops his left hand to a moderate degree this guy’s upside is a Kevin McHale at the center position. And McHale was not this offensively advanced at 19 years old. The lowest floor is maybe Rick Smits if he is lazy or lethargic or won’t toughen up as he matures. And he never brings his hands down with the ball – gives me serious warm fuzzies. This guy has serious upside – can potentially be one of someone’s Big 3. If they take him because they think the ankle won’t be chronic I’ll be great with that.