Congratulating Alex Len, who now has more points than fouls

In between back-tapping missed shots and setting solid screens, Alex Len found a way to tally a career-high nine points last night while not committing a single foul. While that might only be baby steps for the Suns’ rookie center (he’s only played 12 games), the performance helped kick himself out of the as-many-fouls-as-points (AMFAP) club, at least for now. He has 25 points and 18 fouls for the season.

Good for Len, because the AMFAP club is one usually reserved for elite hackers and the offensively-challenged. There will be outliers since members often experience a majority of their minutes either during garbage time or very short, situational stints. Those with short-term contracts are also vulnerable to being cut from their respective teams before they can work their way out of a club only 12 players are a member of this season.

Those 12 players (via Basketball-Reference):

The current 2013-14 AMFAP club

Player Team MP* PF PTS PER
Greg Stiemsma NOP 263 46 46 7.8
Louis Amundson NOP 184 49 38 9.2
Jamaal Tinsley UTA 110 10 9 2.0
Aaron Gray TOT 109 30 23 2.3
Peyton Siva DET 76 11 4 -4.5
Hamady N’Diaye SAC 74 15 6 2.9
Ognjen Kuzmic GSW 51 11 8 -3.9
Earl Watson POR 49 11 2 -2.8
Andris Biedrins UTA 45 6 3 2.4
Erik Murphy CHI 41 4 4 -3.2
Hasheem Thabeet OKC 38 10 8 3.4
Mike James CHI 38 8 2 -4.6

* – Minimum 36 minutes played.

260 different players have been in the AMFAP club for at least one season. Five are VIP members, ones who finished their careers with over 1,000 minutes and more fouls than points. Charles Jones is the President after qualifying in 11 of his 15 seasons. He logged over 14,000 minutes with 2,076 fouls and 1,826 points.

Here are some other notable players who finished at least one season in the AMFAP club, sorted by their combined minutes in the seasons they qualified:

Notable AMFAP members

Player Seasons in AMFAP club AMFAP Minutes AMFAP Fouls AMFAP Points
Jason Collins 2007-11 4530 743 519
Manute Bol 1989-92, 1994 4215 530 419
Mark Madsen 2005-09 2017 360 238
Dennis Rodman 1998-2000 1046 112 83
Reggie Evans 2012 771 118 104
Juwan Howard 2008 353 62 57
Luc Longley 2001 301 51 49
Vin Baker 2005 204 38 35
Robert Swift 2005, 2008 170 32 29
Tim Legler 1998 76 11 9

There are still 42 games left in the Suns’ season, which gives Len both plenty of time to distance himself from the not-so prestigious club and find himself back in it. Let’s hope it’s the former since the Suns could use extra contributions from everyone while competing without Eric Bledsoe. Heck, if he finishes the season with more points than fouls I’ll celebrate with a ham sandwich.

Last but not least, here are 15 players (not including Len) who are flirting with the AMFAP club:

2013-14 AMFAP close calls

Player Team MP* PF PTS PER
Steven Adams OKC 630 122 164 13.0
Kendrick Perkins OKC 765 114 134 6.4
Ian Mahinmi IND 611 102 111 8.0
Brandon Davies PHI 430 70 91 5.8
Reggie Evans BRK 356 50 65 8.8
Phil Pressey BOS 468 43 62 7.0
Alexis Ajinca NOP 203 40 58 13.1
Rudy Gobert UTA 198 33 40 10.0
Gorgui Dieng MIN 122 30 33 13.1
Meyers Leonard POR 140 29 38 10.6
Ronnie Price ORL 198 25 37 9.8
Andre Roberson OKC 142 22 29 11.8
Jamaal Franklin MEM 137 18 27 3.0
Ronny Turiaf MIN 132 15 21 12.3
Joel Anthony MIA 37 4 6 8.

* – Minimum 36 minutes played.

Not listed is Jan Vesely, who’s resembled a professional basketball player this season. He had one of the more exciting AMFAP chases in league history last season. Or something like that.

Also, the AMFAP club could use a more clever name or abbreviation. Recommendations are welcome.

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One thought on “Congratulating Alex Len, who now has more points than fouls

  1. […] (One exception is Jan Vesely, who’s probably still known more for his draft night girlfriend and more-fouls-than-points-chase last […]

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