The Phoenix Suns selected center Alex Len with the 5th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Suns needed help at every single position, which means it did not matter who they picked because it would have been an upgrade. The fact is Phoenix desperately needed a young, talented center, which is exactly what the Ukrainian should give them in the ensuing years.
Len jumped up the boards in several mock drafts as numerous media outlets had the Cleveland Cavaliers selecting him No. 1 overall. However, the Suns should feel fortunate that Len did fall to them because he could be a potential steal with the fifth pick.
With the future of Marcin Gortat, Luis Scola and Jermaine O’Neal in Phoenix unknown, it was certainly wise of the organization to go with a big man. Even though Nerlens Noel was still on the board, I believe the Suns made the right decision to draft Len over him. The reason for this is because the 7’1”, 255-pound center is very coordinated with a decent amount of athleticism for his size. He is also an outstanding shot blocker (2.1 blocks per game last season) and will provide some much needed defense around the basket.
Len may not be ready to be a playmaker on the first day of the 2013-14 season, but he will certainly become an essential building block while Phoenix slowly turns around the organization. His offensive game certainly needs some improvement as he is not considered a scoring machine, but the sky is the limit for the young player. With the right coaching, Len could become a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference down the road.