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Meyers Leonard | Center/Forward | #11

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'1' / 255
College: Illinois
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (11) / POR
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Meyers Leonard didn't leave the Blazers' bench on Wednesday.
Leonard recently missed time with an ankle injury, but he hasn't been on the injury report the past two games. We're assuming he's just not part of the rotation. Nov 16 - 1:49 AM

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Meyers Leonard (ankle) is not being listed on the injury report for Monday's game against the Nuggets.

It sounds like Leonard will be available to play on Monday night, but that doesn't guarantee he'll get out there. Leonard wasn't a consistent part of the rotation prior to going down, so he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Nov 12 - 2:58 PM

Meyers Leonard (right ankle) said he's targeting a return to the court in 5-7 days.

"Tomorrow I'm going to do an individual offensive workout, a skills workout," Leonard said Tuesday night following the Blazers loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. "Hopefully introduce some jumping and stuff off my right leg, more explosive movements. Then just continue to progress. Hopefully, play one on one [Thursday]. Hopefully, in the next five to seven days I'll be cleared." Leonard wasn't a part of the rotation prior to going down, so his availability is irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Nov 8 - 10:23 AM

Meyers Leonard (right ankle) has been diagnosed with a lateral sprain and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.

An MRI confirmed the diagnosis on Friday. Leonard was in a walking boot on Thursday and has seen him minutes drop even before the injury, so the Blazers should be OK without him. Al-Farouq Aminu is getting big minutes at power forward and Ed Davis seems to have the backup center spot locked up.
Oct 27 - 3:04 PM

X-rays taken on Meyers Leonard's ankle were negative for a fracture, but he is going to have an MRI as well and will likely miss multiple games.

Leonard injured the ankle in practice on Wednesday. He was in a walking boot on Thursday and admitted he was in a significant amount of pain. "The one I had my rookie year was pretty nasty -- but this is by far my second worst sprain," said Leonard. "I could barely walk this morning." The sprain his rookie year sidelined him for three weeks. He had played a total of just 17 minutes over two games this season, so there is only a limited fantasy impact to his expected absence.
Oct 27 - 9:31 AM

Meyers Leonard (ankle) is in a walking boot and will not play against the Clippers on Thursday.

The Blazers have some decent depth up front, especially with Ed Davis off to a fast start. Davis and Caleb Swanigan could play slightly more while Leonard is on the shelf.
Oct 26 - 9:12 PM

Meyers Leonard is listed as doubtful vs. the Clippers Thursday with a right ankle injury.

Leonard hasn't been doing to much off the bench for the Blazers but this should open up more minutes for Ed Davis and Caleb Swanigan. Both of them were effective on Tuesday and Davis has quietly been flirting with double-doubles off the Blazers' bench.
Oct 25 - 4:09 PM

Meyers Leonard caught fire on Wednesday, making 5-of-6 shots from downtown to finish with 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

Leonard's 3-point shot could be critical if he wants to make the rotation this season -- he's at 37.1 percent from deep for his career, but sank to 34.7 percent last season. Jusuf Nurkic (concussion) was out tonight, along with Noah Vonleh (shoulder), so we're not reading into Leonard's extended playing time.
Oct 12 - 1:24 AM

Meyers Leonard has impressed teammates and coaches with his play early in training camp.

Leonard saw his playing time and production decline last season, as he averaged just 5.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per contest. He's looking to bounce back after a strong summer putting in work. "He looks good,’’ C.J. McCollum said. "This is my fifth training camp and I think this is the best he has looked. He’s aggressive, he is playing strong, he is making shots." The issue for Leonard is that the Blazers have a crowded frontcourt (Jusuf Nurkic, Ed Davis, Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan) and he's going to have a tough time cracking the rotation.
Source: CSN NW
Sep 30 - 10:50 AM

Meyers Leonard's offseason was focused on building up his on-court self-confidence, which he said was "around 30 [out of 100]" after the 2016-17 season.

Leonard worked with trainer Drew Hanlen to develop counters for specific situations, such as players running him off the 3-point line, in the hopes of becoming more than a floating perimeter option. "This is the most laser-focused I have been in my life," Leonard said. "I no longer have thoughts in head of ‘Do I really belong?’" The Blazers owe Leonard more than $31 million over the next three seasons, fully guaranteed, but it's hard like his fantasy outlook on a roster that includes Jusuf Nurkic, Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless, and rookies Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan.
Source: CSNNW.com
Sep 20 - 8:24 PM

Meyers Leonard started at center in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday, but failed to score with three rebounds in 10 minutes.

With Portland's season on the line and Jusuf Nurkic (leg) on the shelf, the Blazers turned to Meyers Leonard and it didn't end well -- the Blazers were outscored by 17 points in his first five-minute shift and he was benched to start the second half. He has three years and about $31.6 million left on his deal, but he has a lot of work to do this summer if he wants to carve out a spot in the rotation next season. He finishes the 2016-17 campaign with averages of 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 triples on 38.6 percent shooting in 16.5 minutes.
Apr 25 - 1:25 AM

Meyers Leonard will draw the start in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

Leonard scored a combined two points in the first two games of the series and was a DNP-CD in Game 3, but he will get another chance with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) sitting this one out. He's been a huge letdown all season and there's no reason to trust him in fantasy lineups with Portland's season on the line. Noah Vonleh and Al-Farouq Aminu should be more involved tonight as well.
Apr 24 - 10:26 PM

Meyers Leonard was ineffective in seven minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 1 loss, recording just two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers without attempting a single shot.

The Dubs tend to make opposing big men non-factors, and that trend held true on Sunday evening. Starting center Noah Vonleh wasn't much better with just two points, five boards, four dimes and two turnovers in 23 minutes, and it's painfully obvious that Portland is really missing Jusuf Nurkic (leg) right now. Vonleh and Leonard probably won't be doing much of anything during what will likely be a quick first-round series.
Apr 16 - 7:27 PM

Meyers Leonard started on Saturday vs. the Jazz and scored nine points, five rebounds, one assist and three triples in 30 minutes.

That's not a bad line from Meyers, but his move to the first unit likely had everything to do with the matchup against Rudy Gobert. He could be back on the bench on Monday vs. the Spurs, so most fantasy owners can continue to ignore him. You could argue that this was Leonard's first productive game since the Jusuf Nurkic (leg) injury.
Apr 9 - 12:45 AM

Meyers Leonard will start on Saturday vs. the Jazz.

Al-Farouq Aminu will move back to the bench and Noah Vonleh will slide to the four. Aminu has been rolling and Leonard has been pretty poor, but this is likely a matchup move that was needed because of Utah's Rudy Gobert. Aminu is still the better fantasy option.
Apr 8 - 10:08 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
3Wade Baldwin
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Evan Turner
3Pat Connaughton
4C.J. Wilcox
SF1Moe Harkless
2Jake Layman
PF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Noah Vonleh
3Caleb Swanigan
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2Ed Davis
3Zach Collins
4Meyers Leonard