Through injuries and setbacks and a scuffle with Nick Young, it has taken former Maryland center and current Phoenix Suns rookie Alex Len some time to get acclimated to the NBA.
On Monday night against Denver, Len took his biggest step forward yet, scoring nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor, grabbing six rebounds, and blocking a shot in 16 minutes.
The question for Len hasn't so much been production, but rather that he's not getting minutes at the moment after being selected No. 5 overall. Monday night was just the third time this year that he has been given double-digit minutes.
Were he given starters minutes, he'd hypothetically be toward the top of this rookie class. Per 36 minutes, he's averaging 10.8 and a whopping 13 rebounds.
The question, as it was before the draft with Len, will be durability. He underwent a second foot surgery prior to the start of the season and has missed time with soreness in the area.
Phoenix has been one of this season's suprises with a 23-17 record through 40 games. As long as he can stay healthy, Len appears to be another strong young building block for the Suns.