Alex Len
Alex Len
25-Year-Old CenterC
Atlanta Hawks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Len has struggled to live up to expectations since being taken with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but that didn't stop the Suns from extending him a qualifying offer ahead of the 2017-18 campaign in what was a last ditch effort to get some value out of him. However, the 7-foot-1 big man ultimately provided more of the same, operating as a solid backup center that was strong on the boards. Len averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 blocks across 20.2 minutes, while knocking down a career-high 56.6 percent of his field goal attempts. Still, it wasn't enough to earn an extension from the Suns, who drafted fellow center Deandre Ayton with No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. Atlanta had the cap space and roster flexibility to bring in Len on a short term deal this offseason, inking the 25-year-old to a low risk two-year, $8.5 million contract with the hope of reaching his untapped upside. The expectation is that Len will slot in as Dewayne Dedmon's backup right away, battling for reserve minutes with Miles Plumlee. That would likely keep Len's minutes similar to the 20.2 he averaged a season ago. Considering Len is still fairly young, he could push Dedmon for playing time if he shows some improvement as a whole, so he's still someone to keep a close eye on heading into training camp. Len will be an intriguing DFS option when an injury allows him a start or extended minutes, but otherwise, he'll merely be a solid source for rebounds in deeper leagues. It's also worth it to note that Len has averaged just 67 games across his first five years in the league, so health is a concern. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8.51 million contract with the Hawks in August of 2018.
Double-double in Wednesday's win
CAtlanta Hawks
January 23, 2019
Len collected 14 points (4-10 FG, 6-7 FT), 10 rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 121-101 win over the Bulls.
Len continues to share minutes with starting center Dewayne Dedmon, who produced his second straight solid showing. Meanwhile, Len bounced back from a two-point effort (on one-of-seven from the field) across 14 minutes during Monday's loss to the Magic. Len provides pretty decent numbers on a per-minute basis, but his minutes (and the results that follow) are inconsistent. In the event that Dedmon is traded before the deadline or suffers an injury, Len would likely become a relevant option in most leagues. With that being said, if neither of those things happen, Len will likely remain tough to trust outside of deep leagues.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Len’s first two seasons in the league were marred by injuries, but health wasn’t an issue for the 7-foot-1 big man in 2015-16, as he suited up in a career-high 78 games. With Tyson Chandler brought in last offseason to start at center, Len saw more limited court time in the early going, but the 23-year-old saw his minutes expand beginning in December, after injuries began to take their toll on Chandler and many other players on the roster. From Dec. 1 onward, Len was a regular double-double threat with averages of 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game. The increased role did, however, lead to decreased efficiency for Len, who shot a career-low 42.3 percent from the floor, a drop of more than eight points from the season before. The Suns even experimented with him as part of supersized starting frontcourt next to Chandler, but after the team addressed the power forward spot this summer by adding Jared Dudley and first-round picks Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss, it’s likely that Len will see nearly all of his time at center in 2016-17. Since Chandler is the better defensive anchor at the back end, he’ll retain the starting role to open the season, but his perennial health problems should open up extended run for Len at various points during the campaign.
After missing much of his rookie season in due to injury, Len returned healthy in 2014 and showed flashes of what made him worthy of the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft. While his per-game averages - 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks - don't leap off the page, Len, still fairly raw on the offensive end, averaged a double-double per-36 minutes and shot nearly 51 percent from the field after struggling to a 42-percent mark last season, albeit in limited minutes. His production was mostly inconsistent throughout the season, though Len put together a number of strong performances, including a six-game stretch in late-February during which he averaged 9.0 points and 10.6 rebounds to go with 2.4 blocks. The 22-year-old appeared poised to step into an expanded role this season, but given the team's addition of Tyson Chandler in the offseason, it's now unclear exactly where he stands. Both Len and Chandler are true centers - Len has played 100 percent of his minutes at center since entering the league, per Basketball-Reference - so one will likely be shifted to the bench. The 33-year-old Chandler certainly didn't sign with Phoenix to come off the bench, so Len appears to be the obvious candidate. Coach Jeff Hornacek will play the two in tandem in certain situations, but given both players' offensive limitations, they'll be difficult to keep on the floor together.
Len enters his second season in the league after a an injury-plagued rookie season. The fifth-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Len averaged 2.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks in nine minutes per game last season. He shot 42 percent from the field on 1.9 attempts and 65 percent from the free-throw line on 0.7 attempts per contest. Though Len carried potential heading into the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season, he had his thunder stolen by Miles Plumlee, who is now the starter at center for the Suns. Len projects as the backup, as long as he is healthy, and he should have an expanded role as the Suns look to feel out his potential. Right now, Len doesn't carry a tremendous amount of value in standard leagues, as he'll play behind Plumlee with little chance of cracking the starting lineup, barring an injury.
Len gives Phoenix a rare true 7-footer who is the team's primary backup center and understudy. After averaging 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game at Maryland as a sophomore, Len makes the considerable leap to the league. He will assuredly face some ups and downs as a rookie, but should be a reliable rebounder out of the gate. A relatively low volume of shots will prevent him from being the type of asset he should be in field goal percentage in seasons to come.
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Available Monday
CAtlanta Hawks
January 21, 2019
Len (Achilles) will be available for Monday's matchup with the Magic.
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Probable for Monday
CAtlanta Hawks
January 20, 2019
Len is listed as probable for Monday's game against Orlando due to right Achilles tension, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Double-doubles in win
CAtlanta Hawks
January 15, 2019
Len posted 24 points (9-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal in 30 minutes during Tuesday's win over Oklahoma City.
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Double-doubles in bench role
CAtlanta Hawks
January 3, 2019
Len finished with 24 points (11-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, and three blocks in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 114-98 loss to Washington.
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Produces better than expected
CAtlanta Hawks
December 31, 2018
Len scored 19 points (8-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-7 FT) and totaled seven rebounds along with two assists, a block and a steal over 25 minutes Monday against Indiana.
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