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Meyers Leonard | Center

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'1' / 255
College: Illinois
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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

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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

Meyers Leonard made a surprise start for LaMarcus Aldridge (right thumb) on Sunday, finishing a 92-98 loss vs. Memphis with 11 points, three 3-pointers, one rebound and five personal fouls in 17 minutes.

Aldridge was ruled out an hour before tip-off due to a sprain in his right thumb and he's already playing through a torn ligament in his left thumb. He's day-to-day, however, and Leonard's promising start tonight was spoiled by his foul trouble. Just keep him in mind if Aldridge is ruled out for an extended period -- on a per-36-minute basis this season, Leonard is averaging 13.4 points, 1.9 threes, 10.5 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 0.6 blocks.
Feb 22 - 11:49 PM

Meyers Leonard will replace LaMarcus Aldridge in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. Memphis.

There's no word on how long Aldridge will be out, but head coach Terry Stotts alters his lineup frequently and there is no guarantee that Leonard will continue to start if Aldridge misses more time. In three previous starts this season, Leonard has averaged 8.0 points, 6.0 boards and 1.3 3-pointers in 23 minutes per game, so he's only worth a look in deeper leagues for now.
Feb 22 - 9:04 PM

Meyers Leonard will draw the start on Saturday against the Bucks with Chris Kaman moving to the bench.

Coach Terry Stotts is up to his old tricks once again, and there's no report of an injury for Kaman. Leonard has improved this season, but he's still not a good bet to see a lot of minutes. Owners in deeper leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here.
Jan 31 - 8:51 PM

Meyers Leonard played 25 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday with seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

He didn't crack 20 minutes in any of his previous three, but the Blazers losing Nicolas Batum (wrist) made it tougher for coach Terry Stotts to use a stretch four. As it turns out, Leonard has turned into a stretch four this season with 17 treys on the year, which is surprising considering he only had three total in his first two seasons combined. He's worth a look in 14- and 16-team leagues until Robin Lopez (wrist) returns next month.
Jan 23 - 2:26 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Steve Blake
3Tim Frazier
SG1Wesley Matthews
2Arron Afflalo
3C.J. McCollum
4Allen Crabbe
SF1Nicolas Batum
2Dorell Wright
3Alonzo Gee
PF1LaMarcus Aldridge
C1Robin Lopez
2Chris Kaman
3Meyers Leonard
4Joel Freeland