well that's true, but the thing about Noel is that happened to him at 210. In the NBA he has to add more weight to take the constant pounding in the paint. More weight on that knee could lead to more problems. Foot, Back and knee problems are career threatening in the NBA.
the growth plate thing is enough to scare me away.
"When my time on Earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want to be buried upside down so my critics can kiss my ass."
This excerpt from an Insider article spells out my big concerns with Len and why I'm very hesitant to draft him in the top 5. It came from RealGM user MrKnowitall:
f Len indeed goes No. 1 -- or anywhere in the top 10 -- it will be on the strength of scouting and not his performance. Len was ineffective in two years at Maryland, and while that's partially attributable to the system in which he played, Len has no such excuses for his poor rebounding. His low translated steal rate is also an enormous red flag -- no player in my database has ever come up with steals so infrequently. DeAndre Jordan and Ryan Anderson have been able to overcome similarly low steal rates, but Hasheem Thabeet has not.
Kevin Pelton - ESPN Insider