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Nerlens Noel vs. Alex Len: A video analysis from Draft Express

When David Stern takes the stage tomorrow night to introduce Cleveland’s pick to kick off the 2013 NBA Draft, it’ll be Nerlens Noel or Alex Len who goes first overall to the Cavs. That top selection has been debated for months now and it’s still unclear which way Cleveland will go, but DraftExpess.com is doing all it can to help make the decision easier.

Draft Express has an excellent video analysis of the only head-to-head meeting, from the Barclays Center last fall. The 9-minute video breaks down every play that saw the Noel-Len matchup from that game.

Keep in mind it’s Noel’s first career game at the college level.¬†Enjoy.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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8 Comments for Nerlens Noel vs. Alex Len: A video analysis from Draft Express



  1. Sky Robbie
    12:17 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I understand the premise behind this comparison, but I don’t think its an accurate analysis. Being Noel’s first collegiate game distorts it a bit IMO. Not taking anything away from Len, hes pretty damn good player in his own right. Best of Luck to both of them. Go Cats!!



  2. BlueTruth
    12:26 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Noel > Len



  3. mike
    12:26 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    ignoring the stats of this game and just going by the eye-test, would take Noel. Dude clearly has waayyy more upside. Len looks like a finished product to me.



  4. Kristen Geil's Abs
    1:18 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    This was Noel’s first college game after skipping his senior year of high school. Way more upside.



  5. Big YMCA
    1:58 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    If you’re basing them off of that video Noel is clearly better. His only downside is post offense, and you know you aren’t drafting him for his offense. Len, on the other hand, just did not do many things right at all in that game. Len is suppose to be more of an all around center but couldn’t manage anything against Nerlens. It would be a hug mistake if Cleveland took Len number one. Noel’s potential is through the roof compared to Len’s.



  6. Da Truth
    2:49 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Here is my unbiased assessment:

    Age: Noel – 18 (barely) Len – 21
    Advantage: Noel

    Upside: Noel

    Athleticism: Noel

    Post Offense: Len

    Post Defense: Noel

    Speed: Noel

    Handle: Push

    IQ: Len

    Perimeter Offense: Len

    Perimeter Defense: Noel

    Game Changing Ability: Noel

    Footwork: Push (probably a Len lean)

    Intangibles: Noel

    Improvement throughout season: Noel

    Noel’s problems that he needs to fix: Handle, Post Moves, Jumper, Weight —all things that can be improved fairly easily through hard work. Noel is probably the hardest worker in the draft.

    Len’s problems he needs to fix: Athleticism, Speed, Footwork – Those things are a whole lot harder to change…

    Noel: Worst case scenario – Serge Ibaka. Best Case Scenario – Dikembe Mutombo (Not saying he will be a HOF’er)

    Len: Worst case scenario – Chris Kaman. Best Case Scenario – Dirk Nowitzki

    My Pick: Noel – Way more upside, he can easily add a post game/ get a better handle in an offseason.



  7. Nate Trump
    3:34 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Polson is coming back, right?



  8. gonzaga
    4:05 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    That was a sweet hook by Wiltjer!