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Meyers Leonard | Center/Forward

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'1' / 255
College: Illinois
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Meyers Leonard said that he is ready to take on a leadership role with Damian Lillard.
"Obviously, [Damian Lillard] and I are the guys who have been here the longest and he's going to be our leader," Leonard said. "But I hope to be right there by his side, kind of a co-leader, right there having his back through the ups and downs." Leonard will battle Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh and Mason Plumlee for minutes this season, but he figures to have a substantial role even if doesn't end up starting. Leonard has plenty of upside and his 3-point range is intriguing, so give him a look in the later rounds. Aug 29 - 9:47 AM
Source: CSN NW

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Blazers general manager Neil Olshey may have insinuated in an interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe that C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard could start.

After calling Al-Farouq Aminu the starter at small forward, Olshey said that Aminu could thrive next to Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard because of their ability to stretch the floor. To be fair, this could simply mean that McCollum and Leonard are going to have sizable roles (which is obvious), so it will be interesting to see how things shape up during training camp. Leonard will likely battle Ed Davis for the starting PF spot and is worth a look in the later rounds, while McCollum will compete with Gerald Henderson for the SG spot. McCollum is high on our list of breakout candidates, so he is the SG you will want to target.
Source: Grantland
Aug 28 - 11:19 AM

Discussions between the Blazers and Meyers Leonard regarding an extension have been ongoing.

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey wants Leonard to be with the Blazers for the long haul, so the two sides should come to an agreement soon. If a deal isn't struck before Oct. 31, Leonard will be a restricted free agent next summer. With Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge no longer in town, Leonard has a huge opportunity in front of him to play a pivotal role in the frontcourt next season.
Jul 10 - 11:14 AM

Meyers Leonard's goals this offseason are to improve his rebounding and his defensive ability.

"I think that I can do a lot more," said Leonard. "… I really do think that there is more that I can tap into and understand and once again, help this team in many ways." Leonard showed that he could be a quality player in this league with an impressive showing in the playoffs, and it looks like he could be poised for a bigger role next season. If LaMarcus Aldridge decides to leave in free agency, Leonard could become a very intriguing option in fantasy drafts next season. For what it's worth, Leonard averaged 7.8 points, 6.6 boards, 1.0 assists and 2.0 3-pointers in 21.2 minutes per game in the postseason.
Source: CSN NW
May 10 - 10:09 AM

Meyers Leonard stated during his exit interview that he hopes to become a regular rotation player next season.

"I sure hope so," Leonard said of becoming a regular in Portland's rotations. "Obviously, this offseason is huge for me." Leonard's per-36-minutes numbers are intriguing at 13.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers, and 0.6 blocks per game, and he could be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes if LaMarcus Aldridge decides to bolt during free agency. Leonard also stated that he would like to improve on his defense and rebounding this summer, and he'll be an intriguing guy to monitor if Aldridge indeed leaves the Portland franchise.
Apr 30 - 5:15 PM

Meyers Leonard fouled out in 32 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday, finishing the game with nine points, four boards, one assist and three 3-pointers.

Incredibly, Leonard was 10-of-13 from beyond the arc this series, and tonight marked the second time in a row that he played more minutes that Robin Lopez. Leonard obviously made a name for himself in this series, and he could potentially be in line for more minutes next season if LaMarcus Aldridge decides to bolt town in free agency. We would recommend keeping a close eye on this situation in the offseason.
Apr 30 - 1:15 AM

Coach Terry Stotts said he has not considered changing the starting lineup.

This really isn't a surprise at all. Meyers "Legend" Leonard excelled off the bench against Marc Gasol while C.J. McCollum had no trouble causing defensive breakdowns. Expect both guys to play most of the second and fourth quarters with some time in the first and third too.
Apr 29 - 2:39 PM

Meyers Leonard picked up 35 minutes of playing time against the Grizzlies on Monday with 13 points, 13 boards, two assists one steal and three 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

That's an effective field goal percentage of 108.3 and Leonard took playing time away from Robin Lopez, who played just 21 minutes with six points and three rebounds. The Blazers have gained more confidence in Leonard since the break and he could have a bigger role next season. A lot of that will have to do with LaMarcus Aldridge.
Apr 28 - 1:32 AM

Meyers Leonard scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting (including five treys) with four rebounds and one block in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

Leonard has stunningly managed to hit 43.1 percent of his 3-pointers this season on 2.0 attempts per game, which isn't exactly chump change in terms of volume. Obviously he's getting choice looks at the hoop but when you factor in his athleticism and youth he officially has upside in both fantasy and reality. LaMarcus Aldridge sounds like he might play at least a little bit on Wednesday, so owners still need to approach with some caution here.
Apr 14 - 3:54 AM

Meyers Leonard started in place of LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) on Saturday vs. the Jazz and scored 12 points with four rebounds in 25 minutes.

Leonard also had a block and a steal, but he was terrible on defense and was one of the main reasons why Trevor Booker feasted with 36 points for the Jazz. However, the Blazers might continue to be cautious with Aldridge with playoffs right around the corner, so Leonard is worth a look in deeper leagues if Aldridge misses any more games. Keep an eye in the injury report in advance of Monday's game vs. the Thunder.
Apr 12 - 1:09 AM

Meyers Leonard played just eight minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with four points, six rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

He had the best game of his life on Monday, but LaMarcus Aldridge was back tonight. The Blazers are almost certainly going to be the fourth seed, so they might rest LMA again. Just keep Leonard in mind if that happens.
Apr 10 - 1:11 AM

Meyers Leonard grabbed a career-high 15 boards against the Nets on Monday with 17 points, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

He played a lot closer to the basket than usual and this was arguably his best game as a pro. His 17 were a season high and he matched his career high in dimes tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge is not expected to be rested in any more games, so Leonard isn't a terrific grab going forward. Congrats if you used him tonight, though.
Apr 6 - 9:24 PM

Meyers Leonard started the second half for LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) on Saturday, finishing with no points, two boards and three turnovers.

Well, this won't help him get playing time. Leonard is probably the most intriguing guy on the bench for his ceiling, but the Blazers will likely use a lot of stretch fours for as long as LaMarcus is out. He can remain on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 21 - 11:12 PM

Meyers Leonard scored five points with five rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer against the Magic on Friday.

He could get more minutes with Chris Kaman (shoulder) getting hurt tonight, but it's too tough to predict coach Terry Stotts' rotation Leonard is having an awesome year in his 14.2 minutes per game, posting an elite 51/44/90 shooting percentage line. Just keep an eye on him.
Mar 20 - 10:56 PM

Meyers Leonard scored a season-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds and no other stats in 20 minutes on Friday.

Leonard hasn't really done anything of value lately so there's no reason to think twice about this line.
Mar 14 - 1:20 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Damian Lillard
2Tim Frazier
3Phil Pressey
SG1Gerald Henderson
2C.J. McCollum
3Allen Crabbe
4Pat Connaughton
5Daniel Diez
SF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Moe Harkless
3Mike Miller
4Luis Montero
PF1Meyers Leonard
2Ed Davis
3Noah Vonleh
4Cliff Alexander
C1Mason Plumlee
2Chris Kaman