1. Alex Len is Atlanta’s best center, defender, sixth man
Alex Len was one of the best players on the court Saturday, when he was on the court.
The former Maryland Terrapin started the first nine games of the season, but played minutes in the mid-teens, more akin to a role player than a true starter.
Since, Len has emerged in his new role as the team’s sixth man, thriving and playing his best ball in a Hawks uniform, maybe of his career.
Against the Pacers, he scored 16 on 6 of 8 shooting, adding 3 blocks and team high 9 rebounds.
The latter two are much needed for the Hawks, who are among both the worst rebounding and defending teams in the league.
Alex Len is not a great rim protector by any means, but compared to the other big men in the roster outside of John Collins, he’s basically Dikembe Mutombo.
He’s also improved within this season grabbing boards, going from averaging less than five per game in his first 17 games (including 9 starts), to just a tick under 7 per game in his next 16.
The 26-year-old is truly the Hawks’ best center, and has found his calling as the team’s sixth man.