After being selected with the fourth overall pick in 2013, Len spent five years with the Suns. He had a fluctuating role, starting in 140 of his 335 appearances, and never starting more than 46 games in a single campaign. Ultimately, the Suns had other plans at center after landing the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's draft, selecting Deandre Ayton. The Hawks -- in a deeper rebuild than Phoenix -- seemingly feel signing Len to a short-term deal is worth the gamble. In 69 games last season, Len posted 12 double-doubles and blocked at least five shots in three contests. With Atlanta, he may continue to have an opportunity to hover around 20 minutes per game, as the team is short on frontcourt depth.
Len was drafted by the Suns with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but has not been able to fill in the role the Suns hoped he could, starting in just 47 of his 146 appearances over the past two seasons. Last year, he saw 20.2 minutes per contest, averaging 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and nearly a block on 56.6 percent shooting (a career high). And, with the Suns selecting center Deandre Ayton out of Arizona with the first overall pick in this year's draft, it became clear the organization was ready to move on from Len. That said, if Len can continue garnering around 20-25 minutes per game on a new team, he should retain some fantasy value, especially in deeper formats.
Len had his best scoring performance since Mar. 20 while also adding a career high six assists during the blowout victory Tuesday. The former Maryland center has averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 69 games played during his fifth season in the NBA so far.
Len churned out 16 points (7-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist across 25 minutes in Sunday's 117-100 loss to the Warriors.
Len's yo-yo production continued Sunday, as he generated his second double-double over the last three games. The fifth-year center had turned in only five points and four rebounds over 19 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday, an example of the inconsistency that often confounded his fantasy owners this season. The 24-year-old undeniably has double-double upside any time he takes the floor, and he'll look to close out the season on a positive note against the Mavericks on Tuesday.
Len (ankle) totaled 17 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-8 FT), 15 rebounds and one assist across 32 minutes in Tuesday's 97-94 win over the Kings.
Len's return from a three-game absence was a rousing success, as he posted only his second double-double since March 1. The fifth-year big also posted his fourth double-digit scoring effort in the last five games, a welcome late-season surge after an extended slump where both Len's minutes and production were significantly depressed. Len is apparently back to full health if Tuesday's performance is any indication, but Marquese Chriss is currently thriving as the starting center, likely keeping the former confined to a second-unit role for what's left of the season.
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