Phoenix Suns: Top 1-on-1 Matchups to Watch for in 2016-2017

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Alex Len vs. Rudy Gobert

Len and Gobert have already started to become two of the top young centers in the NBA. As these two look to increase their potential this season, they will get the opportunity to see how the competition stacks up against them during their three games.

Gobert, who has quickly become one of the best defensive centers in the NBA, is installing himself as a significant force for the Utah Jazz. Last season, Gobert averaged nearly a double-double with his 9.1 PPG and 11.0 RPG, while averaging 2.2 blocks.

Len is still finding his place in the NBA but has made major strides since being draft in 2013. Some say that the lack of opportunity has held Len back from playing as well as Gobert has since being draft. That may be the case, but Len still has the ability to have a highlight real game at any moment.

What makes this match up special, is that these two players are known to excel on different sides of the ball.

Watching an offensive savvy Len fill into a bigger role in Phoenix will really allow everyone to see whether his bursts of talent last season was a tease or not.

While he’s doing this, he’ll get the chance to show the world that he belongs alongside players like Gobert. If he does, the future looks bright for Len.

With everything riding on the line for Len, this 7-foot showdown should be one to watch.

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