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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 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

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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

Meyers Leonard scored nine points off the bench on Monday, hitting 4-of-5 shots (including a three) with three rebounds, one assist and one block in 19 minutes.

Leonard is worth a speculative look in 12-team leagues with LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) getting hurt, but he has been inconsistent and owners shouldn't part with anybody of real value to get him.
Jan 20 - 3:05 AM

Meyers Leonard played 31 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four fouls.

He did a nice job on the glass and coach Terry Stotts made him his only bench big man tonight. Leonard has actually been posting some decent numbers over his last five, averaging 9.6 points, 8.2 boards and 1.0 treys in 22 minutes. He's worth a look if you need a big man.
Jan 15 - 2:07 AM

Meyers Leonard played 20 minutes against the Heat with four points and nine boards.

He should actually be able to put up solid, low-end value in deep leagues because he takes triples and has an impressive rebounding rate. Leonard should flirt with top 130-150 value in the next two weeks while Joel Freeland (shoulder) is out.
Jan 9 - 1:37 AM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder) returned to action and double-doubled on Monday, scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting with 12 rebounds and three treys in 19 minutes off the bench.

Leonard has been working on those 3-pointers and with Joel Freeland out with a shoulder injury of his own there is some solid short-term appeal here. Leonard and Chris Kaman should, um, shoulder the load for the next week or so at a minimum.
Jan 6 - 2:07 AM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder) is active to face the Hawks on Saturday.

Coach Terry Stotts has been wild with his minutes at center, so it's tough to tell how much playing time Leonard will see tonight. He's not a great fantasy option.
Jan 3 - 8:25 PM

Meyes Leonard (left shoulder strain) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

This is the first we're hearing of a shoulder injury for Leonard, but he isn't a major part of the Blazers' rotation, so there's not much fantasy implications here.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:41:00 PM

Blazers big man Meyers Leonard picked up a DNP-CD with LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) back in action on Tuesday.

He had one uninspiring start in LaMarcus Aldridge's absence but should never have budged from your league's waiver wire. Portland is trying to mold Leonard into a stretch-PF but it remains a work in progress, to say the least.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 11:44:00 PM

Meyers Leonard scored a season-high 13 points in the starting lineup on Monday with four rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers.

Leonard 3-pointers are a thing this year. He already has eight makes this season, which is more than double his previous total in his career of three. Interestingly, Leonard has more treys than two-pointers (six) this season, but he's unlikely to get serious run when LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is back. Leave him on the wire.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 11:20:00 PM

Meyers Leonard will start in place of LaMarcus Aldridge on Monday.

This is a little bit of a surprise, but coach Terry Stotts must want to bring Thomas Robinson off the bench. Leonard has played in just nine games all season and usually only gets in the game for garbage time, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too excited about his start. Robinson is still the best option tonight.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 07:42:00 PM

Meyers Leonard played just one minute on Monday, but could see extra time and even a starting job due to Robin Lopez's hand injury.

Lopez will be out for a while and we don't have much to go on for Leonard's potential value except for the fact that he shoots threes now and that could be interesting. He has averaged just 8.6 mpg this season and appeared in seven games, and he hasn't done much to steal the ball or block shots. The 3-point shooting isn't enough to offset the defensive deficiency, so owners in standard formats can take a wait and see approach unless he's guaranteed 25-plus minutes. Joel Freeland has as much chance or maybe even more to play ahead of him.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 02:39:00 AM

Meyers Leonard is showing a lot of promise in his third NBA season, and his confidence is soaring.

Leonard got the start Saturday in place of LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) and made the most of it with seven points, a career-high 12 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. "It's awesome that I'm starting to understand my role, and not only that, I'm a guy who wants to feel good, and I know my teammates have confidence in me, so that makes me feel good," Leonard said. Owners in deep leagues should definitely monitor him going forward and if an injury strikes the Portland frontcourt, Leonard may be the guy to grab.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Steve Blake
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