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Flashback to 2013

It seems like ages ago, but there was a time when Cleveland selected Anthony Bennett over the likes of Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, C.J. McCollum, Giannis Antetokounmpo and countless others.

One of the top names on the Cavs’ radar from the 2013 NBA Draft class is starting to shine in an elevated role.

Phoenix selected Alex Len out of the University of Maryland with the fifth overall pick, opting for an interior presence that could bolster its frontcourt rotation. Len’s first five years have been a mixed bag at best, but the season-ending injury to Chandler might open the door to a valuable opportunity.

The 24-year-old from Untratsyt, Ukraine posted his 10th double-double of the campaign on Tuesday against the Pistons, notching 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in a 115-88 loss. Triano has started Len in each of the last three games, but his minutes have fluctuated between 17 and 25 minutes.

Len is reportedly looking for a new team this offseason.

John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (jalfes18@jcu.edu).

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