Player Profile

Alex Len

Alex Len

Sacramento Kings Center

Nationality :Ukrainian
Date Of Birth :June 16, 1993
Height :7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Weight :250 lb (113 kg)

Alex Len: A Brief Biography

On June 16, 1993, Alex Len was born in Antratsyt, Ukraine. He is of Ukrainian descent. Despite going by the nickname Alex Len, the player’s real name is Oleksiy “Alex” Len.

Yuliya, his mother, competed in track and field events when she was younger.

Even though his grandparents were against it, Alex’s mother has been a pillar of strength and a great ally who has consistently supported him in his basketball career.

On the other hand, since the player hasn’t disclosed anything about his father, no information is known about him.

He is happy to have a sister, Anna Shaposhnikova, in addition to his mother.

Once Alex’s location in the NBA was set, he brought his mother and sister to the country and they all moved in together.

He participated in gymnastics as a child and loved Jackie Chan movies. He was instructed by the same coach who trained Olympic gold medalist Ihor Korobchynskyi when he was a young gymnast, Oleksiy Stepanenko.

He first arrived in the USA after receiving an athletic scholarship offer from the University of Maryland, which propelled him one step closer to his NBA dream.

Nevertheless, Alex started his basketball career in his native Ukraine. He spent a brief period of time playing for BC Dnipro, his first professional team.

Height of Alex Len, Weight, and Body Stats

Regarding his physical characteristics, he weighs roughly 250 lb (113 kg) and stands at a towering height of 7 ft (2.13 m). The competitive specimen measures 7’3″ in wingspan.

Len is a legitimate 5-man with exceptional coordination and agility for someone of his size; a solid build and an eye-catching physical profile make him a dependable player.

On the other hand, he is quick off his feet, moves well, and retreats on balance. His broad shoulders give him an advantage in the upper body.

His charisma, cool style, and understated beard are killing it in terms of first impressions. He has a classic good look and is possibly even more attractive than Channing Tatum.

How much does Alex Len Earn? Net Worth

Alex Len, a center who stands 7’0″, has between $1 and $5 million.

Regarding his pay, he will earn an estimated $3,732,000 while playing for the Sacramento Kings in 2021–2022.

He is the Sacramento Kings’ 12th highest-paid player and the 35th highest-paid center this season as a result.

Similar to this, he made $1,712,648 with the Washington Wizards in the 2020–21 season and $4,160,000 with the Sacramento Kings in the 2019–20 season.

He earned $4,350,000 with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2018–19 season and $4,187,599 with the Phoenix Suns in the previous campaign.

He earned $3,649,920 playing for the Phoenix Suns in the 2014–15 season. His starting salary with his first NBA team, the Phoenix Suns, was $3,492,720.

Alex Len plays for Sacramento Kings (Pacific NBA Team)

College career

Len enrolled at Maryland University, where he represented the school by playing for the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team.

He faced a ten-game suspension during his college career at Maryland because of the NCAA’s stringent amateurism rules at the start of the 2011–12 season.

Alex announced his entry into the 2013 NBA Draft in April after spending two years playing for the Maryland Terrapins in college.

Professional career

The Phoenix Suns selected Alex Len with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was the second player of international birth selected in that draft.

In a victory over the Utah Jazz in November 2013, the player made his debut.

He recorded his first double-double of his career against the San Antonio Spurs in October 2014 with a career-high 10 points and 11 rebounds. Similar to that, he scored a career-high 19 points in November 2014 against the Boston Celtics.

He joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas during the 2015–16 season. He played in five games, scoring 10.8 points and grabbing 9.8 rebounds.

Len played for the Phoenix Suns in 78 games during the 2015–16 season, recording 19 double-doubles while averaging 9.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game, all career highs.

Len became a restricted free agent for the 2016–17 campaign. He spent the off-season looking around for a better offer, but eventually agreed to a one-year, $4.2 million deal to rejoin the Phoenix Suns.

After Phoenix Suns

Alex Len and the Atlanta Hawks agreed to a $8.5 million, two-year contract in August of last year.

Similarly to this, in a victory over the Detroit Pistons in December 2018, he notched 15 points and 17 rebounds.

He scored a season-high 28 points in March 2019 to defeat the Chicago Bulls, adding a career-high five three-pointers.

Len was transferred to the Sacramento Kings in February 2020. Later, he signed with the Toronto Raptors in November 2020. He played in 13 regular-season games before being released by the Raptors in January 2021.

Len also signed a contract with the Washington Wizards in January 2021. He had a brief period of daydreaming while working on assignments for various NBA teams.

In August 2021, Len signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings after playing for the Washington Wizards.

National team career

Len joined the Ukraine U-16 national team for the 2009 FIBA Europe Under 16 championship.

He thus participated in the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and helped the U-18 team advance to the Division A competitions.

Len has been regarded as the most notable national standout player throughout the competition.

Following his success at the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech and other schools expressed a strong desire to sign him to a recruiting contract.


Alex Len has suffered numerous setbacks due to the nature of sports injuries and surgeries, but he has managed to bounce back.

He underwent ankle surgeries while playing for the Phoenix Suns in 2013–2014, so he was unable to join the team for the 2013 NBA Summer League.

Similarly to this, he underwent right ankle surgery in July 2013 after suffering a stress fracture.

He suffered a left knee re-injury after making his comeback in November 2013, which kept him out for more than six weeks.

During the 2014–15 season, he fractured his right pinkie finger, forcing him to miss most of the season until training camp. A day before the Suns’ first preseason game, he fractured a pinkie finger again, prompting him to rule himself out once more.

He underwent surgery to fix his broken nose, which he sustained during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers, similarly in April 2015. As a result, he was absent from the final seven games of the relevant season.

Alex missed three games in the 2015–16 season due to a left-hand sprain that required surgery.

Personal Life

According to rumors, the outstanding player is presently dating the stunning Essence Townsend.

Essence played basketball for the Maryland Terrapins and went to the same university as Alex Len.

The couple began dating in 2011 after meeting while they were in college.

In the interim, Essence served as both Alex’s English teacher and girlfriend because the Ukrainian immigrated to the United States in 2010.

However, it appears that their union was not intended to last forever, as the two parted ways after 2013. Around 2013, Alex and Essence broke off their relationship amicably.

All of Essence’s Instagram posts that featured Alex have since been deleted. She decided to become a model after giving up basketball.

Some sources, however, claimed that they were still together and were dating secretly, away from the public. As a result, it is currently unknown what exactly the two have in common.