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21 Alex Len C
Height/Weight: 7-1/255 | Birthdate: 6/16/1993 | Birthplace: Antratsyt, Ukraine | Team: Phoenix Suns | College: Maryland | NBA Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 13/3 | Average Draft Position: 183.00
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Suns establishing platoon system for Miles Plumlee and Alex Len


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) Suns coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters he would like to keep Miles Plumlee's and Alex Len's minutes relatively even at center. Hornacek added that he'd like to form a platoon system that plays each center five to six minutes at a time, according to the Arizona Republic.

"That's about their limit," Hornacek said. "Once they hit that, they start to tail down a little bit because we ask them to do a lot in terms of running the court for a big guy."

Plumlee has started all 13 games for Phoenix this season, averaging 5.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 24.2 minutes per contest. Len has logged 19.0 minutes per contest and has averaged 6.2 points and 5.1 boards over that span.


Suns center Alex Len ready to make push for starting job?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Suns backup center Alex Len has recorded a career high in points in consecutive games and even contributed a double-double in Saturday's game against the Clippers. He's averaged 27.5 minutes over his last two games and appears to be making a push for Miles Plumlee's starting job, according to The Arizona Republic.

"Alex had another great game (against Boston)," coach Jeff Hornacek said of Len, who scored a career-high 19 points in 29 minutes Monday. "He's active. He's got a good feel of where to be on the court. His length has an effect on guys inside. He was huge."

General manager Ryan McDonough faced a lot of scrutiny last year for drafting Len over the likes of Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore. Len's rookie season was marred by ankle injuries, but now he is beginning to show his potential.

"I really felt bad for Alex a year ago," McDonough said. "As people tend to do in our society, there was a rush to judgment way too quickly on who he was as a player and what he could become. He's very mobile for his size, and now that he's healthy, he has his agility back. And he's gotten a lot stronger."


Suns C Alex Len doubles up off bench Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Suns center Alex Len scored a season-high 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds in his team's 120-107 loss to the Clippers Saturday.

Len found his stroke in the loss, taking more than six shots for the first time this season and stil maintaining an elite shooting percentage. He also recorded one assist, one steal and one block in 26 minutes of action. The Suns move on to face off with the Celtics Monday.


Suns C Alex Len plays 19 minutes in opener


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) Suns center Alex Len scored just three points on 1 of 4 shooting but played 19 minutes in the team's 119-99 win over the Lakers in Wednesday's regular-season opener.

Len, who had his option picked up by the Suns yesterday, fractured his finger during the preseason but was able to make it back to the court in time for the regular-season opener. He also chipped in five rebounds and one block in the win. The Suns are set to face the Spurs Friday.


Len, Goodwin, Plumlee have options picked up by Suns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) The Suns announced they have excercised the 2015-16 contract options for guard Archie Goodwin, center Alex Len and center Miles Plumlee. Len and Goodwin are entering their second years in the league, while Plumlee is entering his third season.

Suns C Alex Len takes part in Monday scrimmage


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) Suns center Alex Len took part in a scrimmage for the first time since breaking his right pinkie finger and "did pretty well," according to coach Jeff Hornacek on Monday, per ArizonaSports.com. The Suns have three preseason games remaining before the start of the regular season on Oct. 29 against the Lakers.

Suns C Alex Len gets green light to return to practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Suns second-year center Alex Len has been cleared to work out with the team just over a week after breaking his right pinkie finger, per NBA.com. He could play in a preseason game as early as next week.

Len has been injury-plagued early throughout his short professional career. He lost nearly half of last season to an ankle problem and averaged just under nine minutes, 2.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.


Suns center Alex Len sidelined due to fractured finger


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) The Suns announced Tuesday center Alex Len will be sidelined due to a fracture of the pinkie finger on his right hand. He will be re-evaluated next Wednesday (Oct. 15).

Alex Len to miss rest of Vegas Summer League with broken finger


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Suns center Alex Len was ruled out for the remainder of the Las Vegas Summer League because of a fractured finger on his right hand, the team announced. Len got his finger caught in the jersey of an opponent on Saturday breaking his pinky finger. He will fly back to Phoenix for further evaluation.

Alex Len does little with start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Suns center Alex Len, who earned DNP's in each of his last two games, was thrust into the starting lineup for the first time in his career Tuesday against the Clippers, with Miles Plumlee sidelined by knee soreness.

Len didn't make much of an impact in his first start, despite playing 19 minutes. He scored just six points on 3 of 8 shooting while adding six rebounds in the 104-96 loss.

Len, the No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft, has done little for the Suns in the midst of a fight for a playoff spot. He has appeared in 27 of the team's first 60 games, averaging just 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. 


Alex Len makes the most of his minutes


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Suns center Alex Len has seen his minutes increase in recent games, as he played 22 off the bench in a 126-117 win over the Bucks Wednesday.

Len's minutes total represented a career-high, and he added his first double-digit rebounding game with 10 boards. He also scored seven points on 3 of 4 shooting and blocked one shot in the win.

Len has been limited to 17 games due to ankle issues, but has appeared in 13 of the team's last 14 games. He is averaging 2.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in the month of January. 


Alex Len tossed for flagrant foul


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Suns center Alex Len was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Lakers, and could be facing a suspension, after hitting Nick Young in the head on a drive attempt. Len was hit with a flagrant foul for his play, and the league will be reviewing the play to determine if further discipline is necessarily.

Len has been back on the floor recently after missing much of the season due to ankle woes. Wednesday's was his 10th game of the season. 


Alex Len appears in second straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) Suns center Alex Len appeared in his second game in a row Wednesday against the Timberwolves, and he gave them 12 solid minutes in a 104-103 win.

Len didn't do much in the game, finishing with just two points on 1 of 3 shooting. Still, he added five rebounds to his line, a career-high in his sixth game.

Len has appeared in each of the team's last two games, after an absence of nearly two months while recovering from lingering ankle issues. The No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft has appeared in just six of the team's first 34 games.  


Alex Len returns to practice Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2014) Suns center Alex Len, who has not played since late November, was able to practice Wednesday. Len told the Arizona Republic he did not feel discomfort in his  surgically repaired left ankle after the practice.

"I was just excited to get out there," Len said. "Happy New Year, baby. I've got to start 2014 with a new page. I've been waiting for this feeling for a long time."

Len said he is probably still more than a week away from returning to game action, but has been working on strengthening the ankle since being shut down. He admits the ankle still isn't 100-percent healthy, despite how much work he has put in.

"I worked really hard. I feel stronger," he said. "The ankle is still a little weak. I wasn't putting a lot of pressure on my ankles. Otherwise, my body feels a lot stronger."

Len has appeared in just two of the team's first 30 games since being the No. 5 overall pick in the draft. He averaged 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game prior to being shut down. 


Alex Len eased back into game action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) Suns rookie center Alex Len was eased back into action during Tuesday's loss to the Kings.

Len, who had been recovering from ankle surgery, made his first appearance since Nov. 1. He went 0 for 1 and finished scoreless with an assist and a steal while logging five minutes of game action in a 107-104 defeat.


Alex Len could be available to return vs. Kings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2013) Suns center Alex Len could make his first appearance since Nov. 1 during Tuesday's contest against the Kings, according to the Arizona Republic. Len has been working his way back from ankle surgery. He has been able to practice the last two days and will be available off the bench in Sacramento.

No timeline for Alex Len, but also little concern


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) The setback in Suns center Alex Len's recovery from ankle surgery does not come as much of a surprise, as he told the Arizona Republic Sunday.

"It's something that I've got to go through," he said. "After the surgery, they expected this. At some point, I was going to have a little setback. I'll just let it calm down and then I'll be fine."

Len has been limited to taking set shots and light jumping since being shut down after the first two games, in order to allow the soreness in his left ankle to subside. There remains no timeline for his possible return to game action. 


Alex Len out with ankle soreness Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Suns center Alex Len missed his fifth straight game due to ankle soreness Sunday. He hasn't seen the court since playing 13 minutes on Nov. 1 while dealing with the injury.

Len's next shot to get back into the team's gameplan will come Wednesday in Portland.


Alex Len sits out fourth straight


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2013) Suns rookie center Alex Len was held out for his fourth consecutive contest Friday night against the Nuggets because of ankle soreness. Len has been sidelined since Nov. 1 with the injury and is considered as day to day.

Len will try to get back on the court Sunday against the Pelicans.

Alex Len still sitting for Suns


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2013) Suns rookie center Alex Len missed his third-straight game Wednesday in San Antonio due to ankle soreness, NBA.com reports.

"He’ll go out there and warm up and see how he feels," coach Jeff Hornacek said prior to the game. "We want to make sure he’s totally fine before we throw him back out there."

Len has averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds with a block per game over his first two contests for Phoenix.

Goran Dragic, Alex Len will sit out Tuesday's game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) The Suns will be without point guard Goran Dragic or center Alex Len Tuesday night against the Pelicans due to ankle injuries, the team announced.

Dragic sustain ed a sprained left ankle and is unlikely to suit up Wednesday against the Spurs as well, the Arizona Republic reports. Len has a sore left ankle and has been viewed as day to day.

Coach: Alex Len 'always going to be day to day'


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2013) Suns center Alex Len did not practice Monday, as a result to lingering soreness in his left ankle. Len missed Sunday's game as a result of the injury, and coach Jeff Hornacek isn't sure when he will have the rookie big man available.

"He's always going to be day-to-day," Hornacek told the Arizona Republic. "This is what we anticipated would probably happen all year. However, the way he came back in the beginning, we thought maybe it won't be like that. Obviously, when you have those surgeries and the pounding and the extra weight that he has on, we knew it was a possibility. It's not an injury."

Len had to spend much of the summer confined to a walking boot while recovering from a surgery on the ankle, which caused the weakening and inflammation of the tendons in his ankle. His ankle will likely be an issue throughout the season.


Alex Len scratched with ankle soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Suns center Alex Len was scratched from Sunday's game against the Thunder due to left ankle soreness, the Arizona Republic reports.

Len played a total of 21 minutes over his first two games but continues to be plagued by his ankles after undergoing two surgeries on them earlier this year.


Alex Len comes off bench in debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2013) Suns center Alex Len, the team's first-round pick in this year's draft, played eight minutes in his NBA debut Wednesday against the Trail Blazers. Len came off the bench behind Miles Plumlee, as the team wants to ease him into action following a pair of offseason ankle surgeries.

Len scored on his lone field-goal attempt in eight minutes, while adding two rebounds, one block and one turnover in a 104-91 win.

Len's role will likely grow as the season goes on and he gets into better shape.


Alex Len's ankle shows improvement


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said Monday that rookie center Alex Len was able to practice, AZCentral.com reports. Len's ankle injury has shown major improvement. 

Hornacek also said that the injury is considered tendinitis and is not related to the surgery Len underwent in May. 

As long as Len doesn't have any setbacks, he should be play to back up Miles Plumlee in the regular-season opener Wednesday against Portland.