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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
Contract: view contract details

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Meyers Leonard scored 12 points in 16 minutes on Friday, adding one rebound and two 3-pointers.
He played most of his minutes at center and came off the bench behind Noah Vonleh. Leonard's fantasy outlook doesn't bring much excitement right now. Oct 22 - 1:32 AM

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Meyers Leonard (back) is expected to play on Friday night.

He went through a full practice on Thursday and it would appear he didn't have a setback. Leonard played 23 minutes back on Oct. 13 and hasn't played since. He was in a very favorable spot last year and couldn't get it going, but now it's going to be a lot tougher on a deep Portland squad.
Oct 21 - 4:38 PM

Meyers Leonard (back) practiced in full with the Blazers on Thursday and is questionable to play on Friday.

Leonard spent the past two preseason games on the sidelines with the back issue, but he's on track to be good to go for opening night. In terms of fantasy hoops, Leonard really isn't an attractive target in most settings after last year's disastrous season.
Oct 20 - 6:52 PM

Meyers Leonard (lower back) sat out again on Wednesday.

Leonard is dealing with soreness, which is understandable after a very long layoff following shoulder surgery. The Blazers haven't suggested that there's a structural issue here, so we're considering him questionable to rejoin the rotation on opening night.
Oct 19 - 11:34 PM

Meyers Leonard (back) will not play on Wednesday against the Jazz.

It'll be his second game out due to his troublesome back injury. Leonard will likely be limited in the regular season and his minutes are going to drop regardless. While he has upside, fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach.
Oct 19 - 7:39 PM

Meyers Leonard (lower back) won't play vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

Leonard said the injury bothered him during Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers, and he "felt it was best to rest" in a meaningless preseason game. We're considering him day-to-day until further notice, but this does nothing to help his shaky fantasy appeal in a crowded Blazers' frontcourt.
Oct 16 - 8:16 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, scoring 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six boards, one assist, one block and one trey in 20 minutes.

He had shoulder surgery back in March and was just cleared for 5-on-5 work last week, so it appears that he's ahead of schedule. Leonard was a bust last season, and while the upside is still there, the path to minutes isn't -- the Blazers have three capable centers in Mason Plumlee, Ed Davis and Festus Ezeli (knee), so Leonard will have to fight for scraps behind Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless at the four.
Oct 12 - 1:01 AM

Meyers Leonard said that he's comfortable guarding opposing centers.

With an uncertain role and path to minutes, Leonard is going to have to be comfortable doing anything he's asked. "For me, I feel comfortable guarding at the five [center] and I feel like I can provide rim protection as I continue to get better with that," he said. "Guarding in the post I feel like I've done a pretty good job of proving myself against guys like DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard and Marc Gasol. That's where I feel comfortable. And then at the five, I feel like it's hard for teams to guard [me]."
Oct 8 - 5:09 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for 5-on-5 work.

Finally. After being overhyped as a potential fantasy contributor last year, Leonard is just trying to reestablish his value in reality at this point. Given all of the competition for minutes at power forward and center, it's hard to see how Leonard is currently anything more than a last-round gamble right now. Coach Terry Stotts said that he expects the big man to make his preseason debut on Tuesday (10/11) vs. the Lakers.

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said that he's feeling good, both mentally and physically.

Leonard is hoping for a bounce-back year after an unfortunate injury riddled 2015-16 campaign, and he believes it's not fair to judge him yet as he's just 24 years old. "I think it’ll be fair to judge me when I’m 27," Leonard said. He is a unique talent in that he can both defend the paint and spread the floor with his 3-point shooting, but he also failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity last year. He's not worth much more than a late-round selection in deep leagues.
Sep 29 - 7:01 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) participated in 3-on-3 drills during Tuesday's practice.

Leonard was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, so it appears that he is indeed ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. That being said, Leonard will be competing for minutes with the likes of Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh this upcoming season, and after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, it's tough to justify taking Leonard with anything more than a late-round selection in deep leagues.
Sep 27 - 3:37 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder) said he is ahead of schedule on his shoulder rehab and expects to be cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8.

He said his shoulder feels "great" and his surgeon was impressed with his range of motion. Leonard said he's still going to have to get in better shape before he's cleared and will have to adjust to the contact coming to his shoulder. He had a massive opportunity last year and it didn't work out, so he's really just a late-round lottery ticket in most leagues.
Source: CSN NW
Sep 26 - 10:00 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) doesn't think that he was overpaid in free agency.

"Market value is what it is," Leonard said. "All I care about is that I know I'm playing to my fullest potential for my coaches to my teammates, that people believe in that... back to the four years and $41 million, I'd look at them like they're crazy if they say it wasn't enough. I mean, dear God, look at where I come from." He's hoping his shoulder is ready around the start of the season and will try to bounce back after a tough 2015-16 campaign. Unfortunately, things won't be any easier for him this season as he competes with Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh for minutes.
Jul 28 - 12:17 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said he will be re-evaluated on August 1.

He recently said that he's hoping to be ready in time for the start of the season, but his timetable will likely be updated after his checkup. Leoard did admit that he will be cautious with his return, which makes sense because he just signed a four-year, $41 million deal. Unfortunately for Leonard, minutes won't be easy to find in Portland's frontcourt next season, especially if they re-sign Moe Harkless as well.
Jul 24 - 9:35 AM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said that he's hoping to be ready around the start of the 2016-17 season.

"It's a progression, first introducing rebounding, grabbing stuff overhead, then one-on-one, three-on-three, extending to the full court," Leonard said. "We'll see. You just never know." The Blazers won't be in a hurry to rush him back after re-signing him to a four-year deal worth $41 million, and most players tend to be a little too optimistic about timetables anyways. If the Blazers re-sign Moe Harkless, Leonard's outlook for the 2016-17 campaign won't be great with Al-Farouq Aminu expected to play more power forward.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 23 - 12:31 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Allen Crabbe
3Pat Connaughton
SF1Moe Harkless
2Evan Turner
3Jake Layman
PF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Meyers Leonard
3Noah Vonleh
C1Mason Plumlee
2Ed Davis
3Festus Ezeli