Alex Len Picked by Phoenix Suns: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

With the No. 5 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Alex Len from the University of Maryland.

Here's everything you need to know about Len:

Physical Tools 

Here's how Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Len's physical attributes: 

The numbers don't lie. Alex Len is an easy 7'1'' with a monstrous 7'3.5'' wingspan.

He's got a strong frame that has not yet developed, meaning his upper-body strength is only going to build.

Athletically, Len is light on his feet and at times shows eye-opening agility and nimble footwork when dealing inside. When given room, he has the ability to explode at the rim and finish with authority, combining power and length to form a deadly combination.

 

Getting to Know Alex Len  

Aside from his size, one of Alex Len's most attractive qualities as a prospect is his willingness to learn and develop as a big man.

He made tremendous strides from his freshman to his sophomore season, improving his low-post footwork, assertiveness and shooting. That kind of development makes it exciting to think what he can become once he's around NBA coaching 24/7.

 

NBA Player Comparison 

If Alex Len becomes adept at using his size to protect the rim and score deep in the post, he could be a lot like Roy Hibbert. They can both hit open mid-range jumpers and take advantage of mismatches.

Len's basement comparison translates to a less effective offensive player, such as Kosta Koufos or a rich-man's Robin Lopez.

 

Pro Predictions 

Don't expect Len to take the league by storm as a rookie, or even as a second-year player for that matter. Give him time, though, because he will soak up NBA skills like a sponge and blossom into a dependable center.

He already demonstrates an ability to play physically in the post, battle for position, and use pump fakes and quick footwork to finish strong. Once his face-up and post-up repertoire becomes smoother and more advanced, he'll be a valuable asset.

For now, he will earn limited minutes as he uses his 7'3.5" wingspan to guard the paint and collect boards.

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