Len averaged 11.1 points per game with 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists.
Len came into the NBA as a top-5 lottery pick for the Suns. Five seasons in and he was never able to live up to the hype as a high-level prospect. That may have had to do with the Suns organization inability to develop talent. Of course, Devin Booker is the exception. Also, the system that he was in was terrible. Len had spurts of encouragement during his time in Phoenix but was never able to put it all together.
Needing a fresh start
A fresh start was what Len needed, and it’s what he received from the Hawks. Many were skeptical how this would play out, but the contract they gave him was a low risk/high reward situation. A rebounding center is something the Hawks needed after struggling in that area the previous season. This was nothing but an upgrade. During the offseason, video surfaced of Len working on his perimeter shooting.
The development of his shooting not only helped the Hawks, but it helped him have a career season. The Hawks were going to shoot a lot of three’s this season, and it helps when almost everyone on the team has that ability. It also helps when you have a playmaker like Trae Young, who is able to find you in the right spots. Young was able to elevate Len’s game, which gave him confidence as the season progressed.
Len averaged 11.1 points, his best in his six-year career. He also shot a career-best 36 percent from three. He had his best game against the Milwaukee Bucks this season, scoring 33 points and shooting 6-of-12 from three. Len should be an important part of the team next season whether he’s starting or coming off the bench. With a great finish to the season, we’ll be seeing good things from Len in the future.
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