Originally Posted by RedBlackAttack
Depending on when Noel comes back, I'd be sort of surprised if Len was better than him out of the gates. Len is considered a project himself and he doesn't have any one skill close to as refined as Noel's shot-blocking. If Noel does come back around Christmas and is completely healthy for the 2014 portion of the regular season, I think he will immediately cause problems around the rim for opponents.
I just don't see Len really shining in any aspect right out of the gates. He's very raw, really on both ends of the floor.
And that stress fracture really bothers me. I'm actually more concerned about that than I am Noel's ACL. Stress fractures can get very tricky, especially for a guy that big.
Its amazing how many people have issues with noel because he MIGHT have structural damage in his knee (with no evidence whatsoever to back that up) but people seem to totally dismiss the fact that len actually has structural issues with his ankle!
Injuries aside the advance metrics seal the deal for me. Noel's consistently are best in the class, while Len's are consistently mediocre to poor.