Professional basketball player of Ukrainian descent Oleksiy Alex Len runs in the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before he was called to the NBA, he played one season in the professional basketball team of his home country, the BC Dnipro of the Ukrainian Basketball Super League. He also played two seasons with the Maryland Terrapins.
Who Is Alex Len? – Bio
Len was born on 6 June 1993 in Luhansk, Ukraine. His mother Julia was a running athlete herself when she was young. Len started playing in 2006 and continued playing when he was a student at Dnipropetrovsk Higher College in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. He was part of the Ukrainian national team during the FIBA European Under-16 Championship. He also took part in the FIBA European Under-18 Championship in 2010. Len was named fourth scorer, best shot blocker, and second-best rebounder.
After he proved himself, he then became a member of the BC Dnipro of the Ukrainian basketball team and joined the team for the 2010-2011 season. Len joined the University of Maryland basketball team in 2011 after receiving an athletic scholarship under the direction of then-coach Gary Williams. Williams’ successor Mark Turgeon helped complete Len’s transition to the new school and team after he took over as head of the team.
The young player averaged 6 points, 2.1 blocks, and 5.4 rebounds per game in his first year. This was not a particularly outstanding performance, but in his second season, he made an outstanding start to the season against the Kentucky Wildcats, scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Even more remarkably, he kept ESPN’s number one recruiting class of 2012 Nerlens Noel in first place with 4 points, 3 blocks, and 9 rebounds. This season, Len averaged 11.9 points per game.
He was voted fifth overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2013 NBA Draft, making him the second international-born draft pick and the Phoenix Suns’ first player in the NBA Top 5 since 1987. Despite his good ranking in the selection, a right ankle injury and surgery prevented Len from playing in the 2013 NBA Summer League. However, he signed with the team in August 2013 and began training in September.
Len’s first NBA game with the Suns was a game in November 2013 against Utah Jazz, which the Suns narrowly won. That same month, Alex Lens suffered a left knee injury and was out of the game for six weeks. In October 2014, he scored the first double-double of his career in a game against the San Antonio Spurs.
His career highlights at that time were 10 points and 11 rebounds. He missed the last seven games of the 2014-2015 season because he had to undergo surgery to correct his nose after it broke in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He participated with the Suns in the NBA Summer League 2015 and his average was 10.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. In the 2015-2016 season, Len recorded 19 doubles pairs. He averaged 9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists during the season. These records were career highlights.
After the 2016-2017 season, Len was a limited Free Agent. In September 2017 he signed a one-year qualification offer with the Phoenix Suns. In a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, he achieved 19 rebounds – a career highlight. This outstanding victory led to the signing of a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks in August 2018.
5 Fast Facts You Need to Know about Alex Len
Alex Len signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks for $8.5 million. He will earn $4,350,000 for the 2018-2019 season and will be billed $4,160,000 for the 2019-2020 season.
The NBA issued Alex Len with a suspension for leaving the bench to enter the court during a clash in a February 2017 game against the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2016-2017 season. He was suspended for a game without pay. The Phoenix Suns lost the game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
3. 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
Len has been selected to play for the Ukrainian senior national basketball team for the qualifying round of the 2019 FIBA World Championship in August 2018. This was his first invitation to join the senior national team.
4. Len-d A Hand Foundation
Alex Len and his mother Yulia founded the Len-d A Hand Foundation in December 2015 with the mission of “improving the quality of life for impoverished children, youth and families”. The Foundation has been actively involved in helping youth in Phoenix, Arizona.
5. Height, Weight
Alex Len is a giant of a man, a stature that proves useful on the course. He stands at a height of 7 ft 1″ (2.16 m). He weighs 250 pounds. (113 kg)