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Meyers Leonard | Center/Forward | #11

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'1' / 255
College: Illinois
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (11) / POR
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Meyers Leonard scored 10 points with one rebound, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.
He has not been very good as the starter. Coach Terry Stotts will have the All-Star break to get into the lab and figure out what lineup combos he wants to use next to his star guards. Leonard's lack of rebounding will be a big negative for their style of play, too. There's a good chance Leonard won't be one of them, so leave him on the wire. Feb 16 - 12:30 AM

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Meyers Leonard started at center for the Blazers on Monday and hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points, six rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes.

He picked up five fouls in short order and may continue to start for a couple more games after the Blazers traded Mason Plumlee for Jusuf Nurkic. But once Nurkic gets acclimated to the Blazers' way of doing things, he's likely to take over the starting duties, so Leonard is not someone you should be going out of your way to pick up. And given how he played tonight, we probably didn't have to tell you that.
Feb 14 - 1:41 AM

Meyers Leonard will start at center on Monday vs. the Hawks.

Jusuf Nurkic hasn't been cleared to play yet, so Leonard will likely get the bulk of the center minutes with Ed Davis backing him up. It's unclear who the Blazers view as their starting center when everyone is available, but keep Leonard on your watch list just in case this move sticks -- coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic will basically have to win the starting job once he's "acclimated."
Feb 13 - 8:56 PM

Meyers Leonard is being listed as the starting center for Monday's matchup with the Hawks.

First things first, this report is coming from the game notes, which are notoriously unreliable; although this move does make some sense. Both Mason Plumlee and Jusuf Nurkic need to clear their physicals before they're cleared to play for their new teams, but that's unlikely to happen in time for Monday's tip. That leaves Ed Davis as the only other real option to start at the five-spot, but Terry Stotts likes to keep him in a reserve role. Leonard is about as hit-or-miss as they come, so he can't be viewed as anything more than a DFS punt play or deep league streamer option.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Damian Lillard owns an elite 40.3% usage rate with both Mason Plumlee and Evan Turner off the floor, so he's clearly the top target on the Portland side tonight. Leonard is a GPP punt play at best against an Atlanta defense that tends to struggle more with perimeter players.
Feb 13 - 4:13 PM

Meyers Leonard missed all five of his shot attempts on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with five boards, one assist and one block in 14 minutes.

He was coming off a 17-point game vs. the Celtics on Saturday, but this is the story of Leonard's season. He's shooting 40.0 percent from downtown in January, to his credit, but is just 34.8 percent overall, while adding a meager 3.3 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.5 blocks. He belongs on the wire.
Jan 26 - 1:57 AM

Meyers Leonard made 6-of-7 from the field for a season-high 17 points against the Celtics on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

He had two of the best dunks for the Blazers on the year with two massive one-handed jams (video in link below). Leonard was a DNP-CD in the last game because Ed Davis (ankle) was used against Joel Embiid. It's all about the matchup for Leonard, so obviously he can't be trusted in most season-long leagues.
Jan 21 - 8:18 PM

Meyers Leonard got some revenge against the Kings on Wednesday night, scoring 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, one assist, one block and three triples in 25 minutes.

The last time these two teams met, Leonard finished with zero points and five fouls in 19 minutes and was called out after the game by DeMarcus Cousins, so this win had to feel good. The points matched a season high and he hit all three of his free throws, but there's no reason to add Leonard because the Blazers don't play the Kings again this season. All kidding aside, his role is just way too volatile right now.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:56:00 AM

Meyers Leonard scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with five rebounds, one block and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

Mason Plumlee inexplicably played 15 minutes with just a couple fouls, but coach Terry Stotts turned to Leonard to try and erase a 12-point halftime deficit. Leonard was a DNP-CD in his previous game and Al-Farouq Aminu is healthy again, so we'll need to see this again before we could get behind an add.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 12:53:00 AM

Meyers Leonard picked up a DNP-CD vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

Leonard failed to produce in 19 minutes as a starter vs. the Kings on Tuesday, and coach Terry Stotts simply booted him from the rotation tonight. The Blazers retained Leonard on a four-year, $41 million deal this offseason and he'll resurface in the rotation before long. Fantasy owners have the luxury of cutting him at no cost.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 01:30:00 AM

Meyers Leonard will come off the bench on Wednesday with Al-Farouq Aminu (back) returning to action.

Leonard has been uninspiring even with Aminu out of commission, so this shouldn't impact many fantasy lineups.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 09:45:00 PM

Meyers Leonard started on Tuesday vs. the Kings, but finished scoreless on 0-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.

Leonard has played well against DeMarcus Cousins in the past, but Cousins took his lunch money tonight and Leonard finished with five fouls. With Al-Farouq Aminu (back) considered day-to-day, Leonard can be left on the wire.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:52:00 AM

Meyers Leonard will start against the Kings on Tuesday.

Al-Farouq Aminu (back) is nearing a return, so there's no reason to pick up Leonard. Noah Vonleh will head back to the bench after starting the previous three games. Leonard does have a history with DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings, so that's likely coach Terry Stotts' thinking here.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 10:29:00 PM

Meyers Leonard returned to the bench on Saturday vs. Indiana, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting with four rebounds in 22 minutes.

Ed Davis moved back into the starting lineup, but Leonard still got some decent run with Al-Farouq Aminu (back) banged up. Leonard blew his chance in the starting lineup on Thursday when he failed to score in 17 minutes, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues until he strings a few good games together.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 10:14:00 PM

Meyers Leonard started over Ed Davis on Thursday and missed all three of his shots, failing to score in just 17 minutes.

He had six rebounds, while Davis still managed a 10 & 10 double-double off the bench. Al-Farouq Aminu took a scary fall and hurt his back late in the game, so Leonard will be worth keeping an eye on, especially as long as he's starting. But as of now, Leonard has no fantasy value.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 10:46:00 PM

Meyers Leonard will start and Ed Davis will move to the bench on Thursday.

He had a lot of success against the Grizzlies in the 2015 playoffs, so that is likely the reasoning here. Leonard isn't a fantasy add until he can string games together.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 07:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Allen Crabbe
3Pat Connaughton
4Tim Quarterman
SF1Moe Harkless
2Evan Turner
3Jake Layman
PF1Noah Vonleh
2Al-Farouq Aminu
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2Meyers Leonard
3Ed Davis
4Festus Ezeli