When the Hawks signed Alex Len to a 2 year 8.5 million contract to start the 2018-2019 season most thought he would just be a fill in player to help the big man rotation. However, nobody expected him to have a career high in points, 3 point percentage and made 3s for a season. Alex Len showed this season he is more than just a bench player and with starts late in the season, showed he can be a valuable part of this team moving forward.
Most wrote off Alex Len as a bust after his sub par 3 years in Phoenix, but with a fresh start in Atlanta it was perfect for Len to change his career around. Len started the season like any other new player on a team trying to find his role. He had some decent games with 13 or more points and some shaky games with under 10. Against teams with smaller bigs he took advantage like October 30 versus Cleveland (22 pts 9-9 FG and 9 REB) and December 5th against Washington going 11-19 for 24 points. His three point shot was improving by the month and it also helped with Trae Young’s assist stat. The pick and pop was a go to play for the Hawks and gave teams with pick and roll issues trouble. Alex Len shot a career high 36% from 3 this year. His biggest game was April 7 against Milwaukee when he had 33 points on 6-12 from 3. This was his career high with points and 3s made in a game. Alex Len finished this season averaging a career high 11 points and 5 rebounds. Overall you can say it was a solid season for Mr. Len.
We have Len on contract next year so you can probably expect him back. He has shown improvement and earned playing time and maybe a spot in the Hawks future. Coach Pierce will have decisions going forward on what to do with Len. He definitely needs to work on his strength, rebounding and defense. Overall he fit in with the offense and showed promise so you can say it was a good signing for the Hawks.
By: Evan Nix
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