With the 2014-15 campaign written and closed, Suns.com’s Matt Petersen takes an end-season look at each member of Phoenix’s roster heading into the summer. Key points include what went well, what could be improved, and a notable advanced stat for each player are included, as is their offseason status with the team.
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Bio: 7-1, 255 pounds, 21 years old
History with Suns: Drafted fifth overall in 2013
2014-15 stats: 22.0 mpg, 6.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 50.7 FG%
Offseason status: Under contract with Phoenix
What Went Well
After showing early season health and a knack for blocking shots, Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek turned to Len as a solution to the team's early defensive woes. Len responded by averaging 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in just 24.2 minutes per game. Nearly one third of his boards came on the offensive glass, giving Phoenix an extra possessions and energy they'd previously lacked.
Offensively, Len found his niche rolling to the basket after setting screens for the Suns' guards. He showed quicker jumping ability and stronger finishing ability, both a testament to countless extra hours in the weight room and practice court.
What Could Be Improved
Len shows a remarkably feathery touch on his jump shot, but his accuracy was far more inconsistent than his form indicates. Per NBA.com, Len shot just 31.9 percent from mid-range this season.
That number could skyrocket with some confidnece, which Hornacek is trying to instill in his young big man. He wants him to shoot the open jumper, especially if Markieff Morris is drawing a lot of low-post attention.
Further strength and conditioning should allow Len to not only keep his starting spot, but also log more minutes in that position.
Notable Advanced Stat: Opposing players shot 6.4 percent worse when guarded by Len within six feet of the basket.
Quotable: “I want to keep building on what I have right now. Develop a post game, just keep getting stronger. Pay attention to the little things.” – Alex Len