I'm a big fan of Len's and I even created a thread to detail his success as the NCAA season progressed (it was a few months back).
I really like Len because he is the premier post player in this draft (in my opinion) as he showed when he put on a dominant performance to the tune of 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks against one of the NCAA's best post defenders in Nerlens Noel. I also think that Len possesses an above average defensive game that he does not get credit for, after all Len recorded at least one block in all but four games this past year; including nine games where he had three blocks or more. Charlotte could really use a player like Len because they haven't had a player that really was a post presence since Okafor.
However, there are a few things that concern me about Len...
1) Stress Fracture Injury: Alex is recovering from a successful surgery on his ankle to repair and stabilize a stress fracture. Len will miss four months at the minimum and could possibly miss up to six months which means he will miss the start of the NBA season. Now I'm not worried about him coming back 100% because today's doctors can fix anyone up, and I'm not even upset that he won't be playing opening night, but an injury is going to drop Len's draft stock because he won't be able to workout, which leads me to my next point.
2) Judging Len Off Of Film: Due to the fact that Len will not be able to participate in workouts (he also did not participate in the combine), teams will be forced to judge Len based off his his film which will definitely hurt Len's draft stock. Len wasn't even one of the top three options on offense for the Terps this past season as players like Dez Wells, Nick Faust, and Seth Allen were taking the majority of the shots for Maryland. This unfortunately will cause Len to fall into the 7-10 range (in my opinion), because teams really wanted to see what type of offensive game he possess. This leads me to my final point.
3) Trade Down For Len: The number four pick in the draft is simply to high for a player that can't workout and has to be judged based off of film; however there is a way to secure the rights to Len. Charlotte has been exploring the option to trade down in this years draft and in my opinion, this would be a perfect time to do it. This team desperately needs a post player, so if there isn't a player that falls to them that has that superstar potential (Noel/McLemore), it would indeed be worth trading down to around the 7th or 8th spot to draft Len. Charlotte could even secure a second round pick in this trade as well for being willing to trade down (Charlotte does not currently own a second round pick in this years draft).
When it's all said and done, I wouldn't be surprised if Len was in a Charlotte Bobcats uniform next year and a Charlotte Hornets uniform the year following.
Alex Len NBA Comparison: Worst Case: Jonas Valanciunas, Best Case: Marc Gasol meets Andrew Bogut