Alex Len
Alex Len
27-Year-Old CenterC
Sacramento Kings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Len finished his first season in Atlanta with a career high in points (11.1) to go with 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 combined blocks/steals and 1.0 three-pointers per game. Len split time with Dewayne Dedmon for most of the season, but he filled in for an injured Dedmon admirably at the end of the season, averaging 18.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 3.1 threes over his final seven games of the season. With Dedmon donning a Kings jersey this season, Len is likely to open the season as the starter, where he'll have to fend off new addition Damian Jones and upstart rookie Bruno Fernando to retain that starting job. More playing time could mean a bump in production, and Len averaged 19.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.2 combined blocks/steals per 36 minutes in 2018-19. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8.51 million contract with the Hawks in August of 2018. Traded to the Kings in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Oleksiy "Alex" Len was born in 1993 in Antratsit, Ukraine. Antratsit is in Eastern Ukraine, located in the southern part of the Luhansk Oblast. His mother is Iuliia Len and is a former track athlete. Alex has one sister named Anna. Len speaks Ukranian, Russian and English. The big center majored in Family Sciences at the University of Maryland. Len didn't start playing basketball until he was 13 years old, when he attended Dnipropetrovsk Higher College in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Before that he performed gymnastics. Len enjoys swimming and playing chess. In 2015, Len and his mother Iuliia created the Len-d A Hand Foundation to assist youth in Phoenix and the Ukraine. Fans can follow Len on Twitter @alexlen.

College/International Summary

Alex Len played two years of collegiate ball at the University of Maryland from 2011 to 2013. His freshman season (2011-12) started late due to amateur status issues stemming from his time with BC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukraine. During his first year as a Terp, the 7-foot-1 center posted 6.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks over 21.2 minutes per game. He appeared in 22 contests with 11 starts. Len's sophomore season (2012-13) started with a bang when on Nov. 9 Len delivered 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in the season opener versus Nerlens Noel's Kentucky Wildcats. When the season ended, Len was named to the 2012-13 All ACC Defense Team. He led the ACC in total blocks (78) and was second in offensive rebounds (109). In addition, the Antratsyt, Ukraine native was fourth in the ACC in total rebounds (298) and fifth in defensive rebounds (189). He led Maryland in total rebounds (7.8), free throws (2.8) and blocks (2.1) per game. Len then filed for the 2013 NBA Draft after his sophomore season.

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August 11, 2020
Len is in the starting lineup Tuesday against New Orleans, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
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The 27-year-old will start for the second straight game with Richaun Holmes (hip) still unavailable. Len played only three minutes during his first game in the bubble, but over the past three games he's averaging 6.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in 15.3 minutes.
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2019

Len started the 2019-20 season with the Atlanta Hawks, with whom he made 40 appearances with nine starts. He started the first nine games of the season before moving to a reserve role for Atlanta. Len averaged 4.0 points and 4.4 rebounds across 17.3 minutes as a starter, while posting averages of 10.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.0 minutes as a reserve. In a loss to the Nets on Dec. 21, Len enjoyed his best game of the season, posting 23 points and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes. On Feb. 6, Len was traded with Jabari Parker to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Dewayne Dedmon and second round draft picks. A hip injury delayed his Kings debut until a Feb. 22 road contest versus the Clippers. Len played 16 minutes for the Kings and delivered three points, eight rebounds, a block and a steal during the win. Five nights later Len double-doubled via 11 points, 11 boards and one block during a close loss at Oklahoma City. In his last game before the Mar. 11 season suspension, Len helped the Kings with 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks at home versus the Raptors. Len recorded eight double-doubles for the season.

2018

In the summer of 2018, Len moved from the Suns to the Hawks, via a two-year agreement he signed as a free agent with Atlanta. He played in 77 games, starting 31 of them, and averaged a smidge over 20 minutes per game for the third-straight season. While his minutes didn't increase, his production did. Len averaged a career-high 11.1 points per game . The main culprit? For the first time in his career, Len was shooting threes. He took 2.6 threes per contest, making 36.3 percent of them. Prior to the 2018-19 season, Len had attempted a total of only 35 three-pointers over five NBA seasons. On Dec. 23, the University of Maryland product grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds, plus added 15 points and three blocks, during a win a Detroit. On Apr. 7, Len scored a career-high 33 points and drained a career-best six three-pointers during a loss at Milwaukee. For the season, the big center also averaged 5.5 boards and 0.9 blocks per contest. Atlanta as a team was very aggressive in shooting threes, which is partially how they ranked 12th in points per game.

2017

Len continued to serve as a valuable reserve big man in his fifth NBA season. Appearing in 69 games with 13 starts, the Maryland product averaged more than 20 minutes per night for the fourth straight year. He scored 8.5 points per game and grabbed 7.5 rebounds per contest. Len also matched a career best with 1.2 assists per game. He displayed great efficiency on the offensive end, shooting a career best 56.6 percent from the field. Len did almost all of his work inside, as he only attempted three 3-pointers all season. He was also able to stuff the stat sheet on multiple occasions, scoring 10 or more points 26 times while posting 12 double-doubles. Len scored a season-high 21 points in a start against Orlando on Nov. 10, a game in which he played 39 minutes and shot 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Len had 19 games with 10 or more rebounds and set a season high with 19 boards in a win over Minnesota on Dec. 16. He also blocked 1.6 shots per 36 minutes and picked up a season-high six blocks against Oklahoma City on Mar. 2. In addition to that performance, he would register 12 more games with at least two blocks.

2016

The 2016-17 season was Alex Len's fourth year in The Association with the Suns. Statistically, he delivered a season similar to the previous campaign although he made some small improvements. Len's field-goal percentage increased to 49.7 percent and his blocks per game improved -- from 0.8 last season to 1.3 in 2016-17. Overall, after an injury-riddled rookie season (2013-14), the 7-foot-1 Len put together a third straight relatively healthy season with 77 appearances in 2016-17. On Nov. 2, Len scored a season-high 18 points during a home win over the Trail Blazers. A week later, Len grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds, and scored 16 points, during a win over the Pistons. On Dec. 9, the big center double-doubled with 14 points and season-high-matching 14 rebounds, plus four blocked shots, during a road win over the Lakers. Overall, Len's 98 total blocks ranked 16th in the NBA. Len racked up 11 double-doubles and was ranked 15th league-wide in total rebound percentage (17.8 percent).

2015

During the 2015-16 season, Len was able to build on the growth he demonstrated the prior year, his sophomore season in The Association. After an injury-shortened rookie season (2012-13), Len enjoyed back-to-back relatively healthy campaigns for Phoenix. In 2015-16, Len played in a career-high 78 games and played a career-best 23.3 minutes per contest. The big man also experienced per-game career-high averages in points (9.0), rebounds (7.6), and assists (1.2) while also starting a career-best 46 games. Early in the season, due to the offseason addition of Tyson Chandler, Len saw more limited court time. However, the 23-year-old saw his minutes expand beginning in December, after injuries began to take their toll on Chandler and 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. On Feb. 4, Len snared a career-best 18 rebounds, plus 12 points, during a loss to the Rockets. On March 4, Len scored a career-high 31 points, aided by a career-best 14 free-throw attempts, during a win at Orlando. Len also grabbed 15 rebounds to double-double in the victory. Len collected 19 double-doubles over the course of the season.

2014

Len enjoyed a healthy 2014-15 season, his sophomore year in The Association. While his rookie season was hampered by right and left ankle injuries, he emerged as a steady contributor after recovering. In 2014-15, Len appeared in 69 games, with 44 starts, and averaged 22 minutes per contest. He also shot an impressive 50.7 percent from the field, improving from the 42.3 percent mark he posted in his rookie campaign. Overall, Len posted per-game averages of 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals per contest. On Oct. 31, the second game of the season, Len produced his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a home win over the Spurs. On Nov. 17, Len scored a career-high 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting) and seven rebounds during a win at Boston. On Jan. 2, Len swatted a career-best six shots, plus posted a double-double of 10 points and 12 boards in a loss to the Celtics -- he would reach that mark two more times before the end of the season. Len would snare 10 double-doubles for the season and had six games with five or more blocks. On Jan. 11, the big center grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, plus 14 points, in a loss at Memphis. A broken nose and subsequent surgery forced Len to miss the final seven games of the season.

2013

Len was drafted in the first round with the fifth overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2013 NBA Draft. Multiple injuries led to Len having a less-than-ideal rookie season. A left ankle injury prevented Len from participating in pre-draft workouts. After the draft, on Jul. 12, Len had right ankle surgery to correct an issue discovered during a routine medical exam. The big Ukrainian still was able to make his NBA debut on Opening Night, Oct. 30, and posted two points and two rebounds over eight minutes during a home win over Portland. His sore left ankle allowed the big rookie to play in only four total games between opening night and Jan. 4. Len returned to the hardwood Jan. 7 and played in 15 straight games, averaging 2.5 points and 3.1 rebounds over 9.0 minutes per game duringthat span. On Mar. 4, Len would receive his first NBA start and posted six points with six rebounds against the Clippers in an eight-point loss. Ankle woes limited Len's participation to only two of Phoenix's last eight games. The Suns finished with a winning record of 48-34 and Len averaged 2.0 points and 2.4 boards per game in his first year in The Association.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
  • August 29, 2013
    Signed a rookie contract with the Phoenix Suns.
  • September 24, 2017
    Signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.
  • August 3, 2018
    Signed a two-year agreement, as a free agent, with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded by the Atlanta Hawks with Jabari Parker to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Dewayne Dedmon and draft considerations.
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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.
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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Will be available
CSacramento Kings
August 4, 2020
Len (conditioning) will be available for Tuesday's game against the Mavs, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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August 3, 2020
Len is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas.
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To remain out Sunday
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August 1, 2020
Len (undisclosed) won't play Sunday against the Magic.
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Ruled out
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July 30, 2020
Len is listed as out for Friday's game against the Spurs.
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Unlikely to play Friday
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July 30, 2020
Len is unlikely to play Friday against the Spurs, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
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