I do have to admit that there's an element of me baiting the hook a bit here but, to coin another phrase, many a true word is spoken in jest. And BrotherDave's comment that the differences between Len (+ other Big White Dudes in this draft) and Mullens is "Slimmer than anyone wants to admit" does have a ring of truth to it.
Difference is maybe slim on offense, but Mullens really is useless on defense, and if you're a big and you don't have an impact on defense, you're just useless IMO
So overall, I still believe Len or Zeller, will have be significantly better than Mullens (but only time tell...) as I even personnally believe these dudes have much more potential than Mullens even in offense.
We're forgetting a couple of things about Mully. Last year with us was his first season in the NBA that he got any playing time so it was effectively his rookie season, he has said as much. That season is not a great indicator of anything b/c it was a lockout shortened season with no training camp and summer league. Mullen's 2nd season (with a new coach, the now disparaged Dunlap) started off really well but he received a very bad ankle sprain. Mullens played like ass the rest of the season.
Are we seeing the finished product in Mullens? I want to say no. I've never had illusions of Mully becoming an all-star but with stable, good coaching he could live up to a late lotto talent at least. Or he could never "get it" and stay the same. But he's not commanding big money at all so I'm hesitant to call the experiment over.
Comparison of Mullens' 1st year at Ohio St vs Len's 2nd year at Maryland: http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/com...&p1=bj-mullens
If Mullens made as big a jump from his freshman year to sophomore year as Len did (and it's certainly within the realm of possibility if he stayed), we'd be talking about him as a no 1 pick, hands down. That should give folks some pause. If we draft Len, temper expectations b/c he is definitely being overrated in this draft.
This whole draft sucks.
Ill be happy if we get a solid role player / backup.
I agree that Mully can get better here because we certainly have a "much" better coaching staff to coach him up but the "if" part of him jumping from his first to second season if he'd stayed at OS compared to Len...the thing (when I looked earlier at the two) that really stood out for me is how much less effectice Mully was on "D" than Len...I'm not a fanboy of either but my take is Len has always taken his "D" seriously and I can't say that about Mully...but I can't say that the new staff will not make him more effective...but how effective when he does not seem motivated on the "D" side I can't say...