Alex Len Picked by Phoenix Suns: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

March 8, 2012; Atlanta, GA USA; Maryland Terrapins center Alex Len (25) dunks against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first half of the first round of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports
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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.