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Mason Plumlee, 7-foot center, Duke: "He's 23-and-a-half and he still doesn't have any skill. I don't ever see him becoming a pick-and-pop guy. He can run the court and his post defense is good. He's going to be a solid backup guy but I'm not effusive about him. He's going to have to play center. He has tiny hips. He's not going to get all that much bigger physically."Kelly Olynyk, 7-foot forward, Gonzaga: "He's a big bastard, man. He shoots it. You have to hope you can get an average defender out of him. I'm not sure he wants any kind of contact, and I'm not sure about his mental toughness. He had good numbers this year, but when you look deeper, you ask what bigs did he play against? He was a great interview. Really good dude. I enjoyed talking to him as much as anybody we've met with."Mike Muscala, 6-11 forward, Bucknell: "He has a tremendous amount of talent, but he's really soft. He wants nothing to do with any physicality down low, and I don't think he has enough stuff off the bounce to be Byron Mullens. At Bucknell, they have one strength coach for all their sports. When he does this for a living, he could get bigger and stronger. But at the end of the day I just don't think he's good enough."Jeff Withey, 7-foot center, Kansas: "He can be a good shot blocker in the NBA. He can also affect and alter shots around the basket because of his length. He has no upside, but he's really good at what he does. He shot about 70 percent from the foul line, so if he can make a 12-footer and be a pick-and-pop guy, that will make a huge difference."Cody Zeller, 7-foot forward, Indiana: "The best running big man in the draft. He's a better face-up player than we were shown in college. He has to get stronger on his post-ups, but he handles the ball well for a guy his size. If he develops a jump shot, that will give him more space to drive. I think he has great upside. When you talk to him, you see he's an elite human being. He really gets it, and physically he's an elite athlete."Steven Adams, 7-foot center, Pittsburgh: "You see him work out and he does some things athletically at that size that are impressive. He's a funny kid. Different personality than we're used to dealing with. He had no clue how to play. Remember, he's from New Zealand. It's not like he came from Lithuania, where the culture centers around basketball. He grew up on a surfboard."Alex Len, 7-1 center, Maryland: "You see someone his size who is talented offensively, but you look up and he averages 11 and 9 and you're like, what the hell is going on? When he wanted to do well, like against Nerlens Noel or Mason Plumlee, he did it, but why wasn't that there every night? He's young and he's still becoming Americanized. The coaches at Maryland swear he's a special shooter, but special shooters don't shoot 68 percent from the foul line."
Mullens has stuff off the bounce?
In regards to Muscala
You cant be that good of a rebounder and be soft.
When you look at Mullens' skill set he has the capability of being good in both the high and low post. He has the capability of being a good p&r/p guy. He's ticks the 7ft/7ft/9ft dimensions boxes', is probably around 265 lbs and has good athleticism for that size. What prevents him from being a good NBA player is drive/determination/toughness. Theoretically he has enough of everything to be a starting Centre in the NBA ... theoretically ... and I know the game is what happens on the court and not in theory.
I fear Len will be a slightly better version of Mullens, I know that'll get a lot of peoples backs up, but someone please explain to me what the big difference(s) between the two are?
IMO Len, due to playing centre, sticks in the paint a lot more and is ready to receive the ball in post positions more often as a consequence ... that's not a difference of skill or ability, it's a difference of instruction and/or positional responsibility. As a result he uses his back to the basket game more than Mullens (which infuriates me about Mully) and is slightly better at it (though only with his right hand).
Len does have a bit more drive/determination/toughness than Mullens, but not enough for me to have any confidence that drafting him at 4 is a good idea.
Len could be good, but he could also be Mullens+1.
Problem with Mully is that it looks like he wants to be the new Dirk, always shooting and not doing what a PF/C is supposed to do. How can you be 7'1" and that agile and not protect the rim better? Dude doesn't even average a block per game!
You can't compare Len and Mullens as Len is really a defensive threat while Mullens contribution on D is honestly close to none