Updates from Monday, July 14
Paul Coro of AZCentral.com reported the latest on Alex Len's recovery:
Just when the NBA Summer League started for Alex Len, it appears it has come to an abrupt end for the Phoenix Suns center.
Len will miss the rest of the summer slate after fracturing a finger on his right hand, per the Suns' official Twitter account:
OFFICIAL: Suns’ Alex Len will miss the remainder of summer league with a right hand fifth finger fracture. He will be evaluated in Phoenix.— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) July 13, 2014
Paul Coro of azcentral.com provides more details on the injury:
Len broke his right pinky finger when it got caught in an opponent's jersey during his summer league debut Saturday night at Cox Pavilion. He will miss the rest of summer league play and have the finger examined in Phoenix on Monday.
After not contributing much last season as a rookie, averaging only 2.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, Len started the Las Vegas Summer League on a high note. Matt Petersen of the Suns' official site wrote about the center's play against the Golden State Warriors:
Len looked much more comfortable in extended minutes, whether it was hitting [Miles] Plumlee with a perfect bounce pass in traffic or reading the opposing offense and making the necessary defensive rotations. ...
... Len's mid-range jumper, so consistent in practices and scrimmages, should fall at some point, as should Plumlee's post hooks.
The 7'1" center underwent ankle surgery last year and only played in 42 games during the 2013-14 season. He also averaged just 8.6 minutes per game as a rookie but tallied 16 minutes in the final matchup of the year.
Len's injuries have to be concerning for the Suns. While he proved he was a force down low at Maryland, he has yet to show that at the NBA level to this point.
Phoenix was a team on the rise last season, narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs. Without Len for the summer, the team will once again have to hope he is ready to contribute when the season begins.
Thanks to a roster that already includes Plumlee, Goran Dragic and incoming rookie T.J. Warren, the Suns have pieces that should help them contend. If Len can return and help in the paint, this could be another good season in Phoenix.
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