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Suns formally sign first-round pick Alex Len

Aug 29, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

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Alex Len was a guy moving up draft boards heading into the June draft, not because he worked out — he didn’t because he had surgery on his left ankle, to be followed by right ankle surgery — but mainly because he didn’t.

Len has potential, and we never really saw that at Maryland because the guard play wasn’t good enough to get him the rock and the floor spacing there was wretched. All we knew was Len could be good. Then teams would work other guys out and not love what they saw, and with Len there was a 7’0”, 255 pound guy with potential they couldn’t pick apart with their eyes. And bigs with potential go high anyway.

The Suns grabbed Len at No. 5 and they formally signed him to his rookie deal on Thursday.

“We feel like Alex was one of the top players in this draft,” Suns GM Ryan McDonough told PBT’s Brett Pollakoff on draft night. “He’s a guy who just turned 20 years old, he’s seven-foot one, he’s extremely skilled, he’s had good success at the college level, but we think he’s just scratching the surface of his potential as a player. And we were thrilled to get him at five.”

Len fits the rebuilding Suns mold — even if he turns out to be a good NBA center it will not be a for a few years. The Suns will be in the “woeful for Wiggins” parade this season but if they get one of the better players in this draft and pair him with Eric Bledsoe and a rising Len, maybe you’ve got the foundation of something special.

Len’s rookie deal should play him about $3.5 million this season.

  1. JMClarkent - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    “Here is Steve Nash’s old number. No pressure.”

    • bruiserbrigade - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      Actually, he’s #21. The pic is from the 2013 NBA draft player introductions, hence the 13 in the back. There’s also a 20 in front.

      • JMClarkent - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        Ah, my bad!

  2. newyorkshets - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    That’s not len’s number. That’s picture is from the post draft press conference. Both he and Archie Goodwin held Jersey’s with the #13 on it.

  3. hildezero - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Speaking about jerseys… Since the Suns are on a rebuilding mode and they currently got new uniforms. Which player jersey should I get? Len? Maybe Gortat? Or Dragić? I keep hearing this Bledsoe cat is pretty good. Or maybe should I wait till next year for a Wiggins? Hmm… I check back later for your guys’ opinion. Thanks.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:39 AM

      If you can’t wait ’till next year, I’d personally go with PJ Tucker! I love the energy and effort from that dude. But realistically for you, IDK. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of wheeling and dealing by the Suns this year. I don’t think anyone is safe. All it takes is the right price and everyone’s liable to have to make new living arrangements this season.

    • nolanwiffle - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Paul Westphal throwback……when they had good looking uniforms.

  4. sunsation3413 - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    You really want to buy one of those ugly jerseys for the worst team in the West? I would wait as more guys will be gone…the Suns are only trying to win one thing…the Wiggins lottery!

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:50 AM

      *SECOND worst team in the West.

      And go out and support your team! What’s wrong with you!?

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Huge props to anyone who holds their team down no matter what the outcome, and for how long the suffering! Bobcats fans,Raptors fans, REAL FROM THE BEGINING Clippers fans, Suns fans, Bucks fans, and so many others, especially the ones who’ve never tasted a championship, I SALUTE you!

  6. hildezero - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:58 AM


    You should drop the “suns” part in your name, since you really don’t sound so supportive to your team. You have issues.


    Thanks. I’ll think about that…

  7. lakerade - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:15 AM

    You can’t teach height.

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