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Alex Len | Center/Forward | #21

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/16/1993
Ht / Wt:  7'1' / 260
College: Maryland
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (5) / PHO
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Alex Len double-doubled vs. the Kings on Monday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting with 12 boards, one assist and one block before fouling out in 38 minutes.
Tyson Chandler was out with a concussion, so Len was able to play all the minutes he could handle tonight. The Suns have no incentive to rush Chandler back, so Len could be looking at a heavy workload on Wednesday vs. the Clippers in the regular season finale. Len vs. Cole Aldrich should be a lot of fun. Apr 12 - 12:57 AM

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Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len handed out a career-high seven assists against the Rockets on Thursday with six points, eight rebounds and one turnover.

It seemed like he was a little wiser in the post and looked to share the ball. Before tonight, Len was almost always forcing his shot on low-post isolation plays, but he was a lot better in that regard. He'll be one of the more interesting players to watch next season.
Apr 7 - 10:49 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len missed all eight of his shot attempts vs. the Jazz, finishing a home loss with just three points, six rebounds and two turnovers in 35 minutes of action.

Call it the Jazz effect. Utah holds opposing frontcourts to a mere 54.6 points per game, second only to the Spurs, and Len was simply their latest victim. He's prone to sustained shooting slumps, due partly to poor shot selection, but should bounce back vs. Al Horford and the Hawks on Tuesday.
Apr 3 - 9:09 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len made 1-of-10 from the field for four points with eight rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

Just when it looked like his bad shooting games were behind him. Len gets a terrible matchup on Sunday against the Jazz, so his owners should be prepared for another dud.
Apr 2 - 1:32 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len had his way vs. the Bucks on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-13 shots to finish with 17 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 39 minutes.

Milwaukee has given up the seventh-most points to opposing frontcourts this season (61.5 ppg), and they've been even worse in their past five games (67.8). Len was set up for success due to the matchup and the absence of Mirza Teletovic (illness), but he's been hot lately and should be deployed despite tough matchups this weekend on Friday (vs. Washington) and Sunday (vs. Utah).
Mar 30 - 11:28 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len scored 14 points on 7-of-12 from the field with 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals and five turnovers in 37 minutes against the Wolves on Monday.

He shot the ball a lot better in this one. Len had four dunks in this game, so hopefully he'll continue to get more of those to help buoy his efficiency. He should be owned in standard leagues despite some shooting woes in the past week.
Mar 28 - 11:47 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len made 4-of-13 from the field for 14 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

He has been horrendous around the basket. In fact, he made just 35.1 percent of his 37 shots in the paint over his last five. How is that even possible for a seven-foot big man? Anyway, Len has absolutely torpedoed his owners this week, but he still has a huge opportunity in front of him, especially with Tyson Chandler (back) out.
Mar 26 - 1:17 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len shot 3-of-9 from the field and 0-of-3 from the line on Wednesday, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers.

Len has a total of three blocks in his past six games and his poor shooting has been an epidemic -- he's just 34.9 percent from the field in March. His ability to post big double-doubles is tantalizing but he's been a drag on roto owners this month, and that won't change until his shooting improves.
Mar 24 - 1:10 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len was quiet vs. the Grizzlies on Monday with nine points on 3-of-8 shooting, but he did have six boards, two assists and three blocks in 28 minutes.

He said before the game that he's going to work on his shot selection moving forward, and he didn't seem to force too many shots tonight. The Suns still want to prioritize his development down the stretch, so his owners should definitely stick with him even though he's been slumping. Tyson Chandler left the game with back spasms and didn't return, so Len could be looking at heavy minutes vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.
Mar 22 - 12:37 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len is shooting just 37 percent from the field over his last 11 games.

"I think sometimes I take bad shots," Len said. "Take it just to take it. I get the ball where I don’t like it. I don’t like some spots on the floor where I don’t usually shoot from and I still take the shot. I’m just trying to be aggressive. Now I’m trying to figure out how to play to my strengths and get the ball in the spots where I want it and do what I want to do. Next game [Monday vs. Memphs] is going to be different." The good news is Len still has Earl Watson's backing and is will not have his role reduced down the stretch, but the bad news is that he's really going to have to improve his efficiency, block more shots and turn the ball over less to fulfill his lofty potential. Over his last five games, Len is performing like a replacement-level fantasy asset.
Mar 21 - 12:19 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len was held to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting Friday, to go with seven boards, one assist, three turnovers and no other statistics in his 28 minutes of play.

Earl Watson has made Len a featured part of the offense since the break, which has resulted in Len’s field goal attempts spiking to 13.6 per game to go with a solid 27.4 usage rate. Unfortunately, Len has only managed to knock down 38.9 percent of his attempts during that 14-game span, and he’s shooting an ugly 43.9 percent at the rim. He’s also only averaging 0.6 swats since the break, and when you factor in his 2.8 turnovers per contest you have a 16th round guy in 9-cat leagues.
Mar 19 - 1:13 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len made 4-of-15 from the field for 10 points with 12 rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in a loss to the Jazz on Thursday.

Plain and simple, he has to work on his efficiency. Len is getting major work in the post, but he can't convert. He's still a must-start player in all leagues.
Mar 18 - 1:07 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len scored nine points with 11 boards, two assists and one steal vs. the Wolves on Monday.

Len was coming off a dominant performance vs. the Warriors on Saturday with 26 points and 13 rebounds, but foul trouble slowed him down tonight. He was just 3-of-8 from the field and also had five turnovers, but he should be much better vs. the Jazz on Thursday. Keep the promising big man locked in all lineups.
Mar 15 - 12:40 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len started red hot during a 123-116 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.

He scored 15 points with nine boards in the first 20 minutes of the game. Len continues to post huge usage numbers as coach Earl Watson leans heavily on him, but the efficiency still isn't there. Tonight is a good example of how he can post some huge lines and he was even in some foul trouble. He's a must-start player.
Mar 13 - 1:15 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Coach Earl Watson said that the Suns will continue to feed Alex Len in the the post despite his recent shooting slump.

"So as he continues to go, we’re not ever going to become discouraged with him and say, ‘Oh, let’s change his game,’" Watson said. "You draft a 7-footer with the pick we took him at and we understand the progression and the patience and the nurturing, loving and teaching. You’re patient with the growth. You can’t stunt his growth." Len is shooting just 34.2 percent from the field over his last five games, but he's also averaging 16.0 points, 13.4 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.2 blocks in that span. In case it's not obvious, the Suns' top priority is to develop Len and Devin Booker moving forward.
Mar 11 - 11:24 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Eric Bledsoe
2Brandon Knight
3Tyler Ulis
SG1Devin Booker
2Leandro Barbosa
3Archie Goodwin
4John Jenkins
SF1P.J. Tucker
2T.J. Warren
3Chase Budinger
PF1Jared Dudley
2Marquese Chriss
3Dragan Bender
C1Tyson Chandler
2Alex Len
3Alan Williams