The fifth overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft has been cleared to play.
— Alex Len (@alexlen) September 12, 2013
Len has not spent any time on the basketball court since being selected by the Suns in June. Len had two different ankle surgeries in a two month span, which kept him out of the NBA Pro Summer League.
At one point, it looked like the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to select Len with the top overall pick. Instead, the Cavaliers surprised many going with UNLV forward Anthony Bennett. After the Orlando Magic selected Victor Oladipo at 2 and his teammate, big man Cody Zeller went to the Charlotte Bobcats at 4 (the Wizards took Georgetown forward Otto Porter, Jr. third, which was widely expected), the Suns got their man at 5.
With Len healthy, look for the Suns to continue to shop veteran center Marcin Gortat. Gortat is a very nice player who could really help any team.
Back in August, Len told Paul Coro of AZCentral.com that he would be back by training camp. Looks like Len was right.
(You can check out Len’s rookie projection here.)