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NBA Mock Draft: Charlotte Hornets Select Alex Len From Maryland

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SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading their "team's" pick. We continue with the fourth pick in the 2013 NBA Mock Draft with Rufus on Fire selecting Maryland center Alex Len.


NBA Mock Draft Pick #4 -- Alex Len Center, Maryland

SB Nation's Hornets blog Rufus on Fire explains the pick:

With the fourth pick, the Bobcats select Alex Len from Maryland.

It stinks that Len's hurt and will be out for a while, but the Bobcats could really use his help in the frontcourt. Though not at Nerlens Noel's level on defense, he's quick enough to hedge and recover on the pick and roll and has great size and shot-blocking skills. With good touch around the rim and a decent jump shot, he could give the Bobcats what they need to help protect the paint and score in it on the other side of the court.

We also liked Victor Oladipo a lot here, but I think we plan on re-signing Gerald Henderson after he showed a lot of improvement this season as scorer. They're similar players still developing their three-pointer, but I think Henderson has a more complete game on either side of the ball.

SB Nation Scouting Report: Alex Len

Updated 2013 NBA Mock Draft Board:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: NERLENS NOEL
2. Orlando Magic BEN MCLEMORE
3. Washington Wizards OTTO PORTER
4. Charlotte Hornets ALEX LEN
5. Phoenix Suns
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz
15. Milwaukee Bucks
16. Boston Celtics
17. Atlanta Hawks
18. Atlanta Hawks
19. Cleveland Cavaliers
20. Chicago Bulls
21. Utah Jazz
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves
27. Denver Nuggets
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns