NBA Draft pick #5 - Phoenix Suns

Phoenix begins its rebuild by taking Alex Len 5th

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

The Phoenix suns have made Alex Len, center from Maryland, the fifth pick of the 2013 NBA draft.  Len will be joining a Suns team that just had the second worst season in franchise history after winning just 25 games.

Apr 2, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Maryland Terrapins center Alex Len (25) puts up a shot against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first half of the NIT Tournament Semi-Final at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsAfter the departure of Steve Nash, the Suns have embraced the rebuild, and it showed last year.  They now have a team of role players where everyone is expendable and a new GM calling the shots.  Goran Dragic and Luis Scola led the team in scoring in 2012-13 but the addition of Len could change playing time for everyone.  They are a team that needs to find more talent and lacks many valuable assets, so roles are definitely not set in stone.  

Len is an extremely unique prospect who combines size, skill and almost unlimited potential.  His production in college may not match his potential, but new GM Ryan McDonough now has an interesting new toy to play with.  

This looks like the beginning of a long rebuilding process and Len will hopefully the a centerpiece of the rebuilding project.

Following years of being an offensive-minded team, last year's Suns team couldn't score consistently.  They were 28th in FT attempts and shot poorly from the floor, including a 33% mark from long distance.  Phoenix had the option of drafting defensive savant Nerlens Noel, but opted instead for the player with more offensive potential.

Scoring was certainly an area of need for Phoenix, but certainly not the only one.  They really just need to compile talent and this is a good first step.

They also have the final pick in the first round and an additional second rounder from the Steve Nash trade.
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