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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Sep 20 - 8:24 PM

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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

Meyers Leonard finished with nine points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 24 minutes Tuesday at Utah.

Leonard was back on the bench in favor of Al-Farouq Aminu, but he was more productive than his previous two starts. He'll continue to see plenty of minutes with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) done for the season, but Aminu and Moe Harkless are more attractive from a fantasy perspective.
Apr 5 - 12:51 AM

Meyers Leonard will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Jazz.

He has started two games in a row with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) out for the regular season, but he flopped in both games. In fact, Leonard didn't even score on Monday and played just 12 minutes. There are three better fantasy pickups in Portland sans Nurkic in Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh.
Apr 4 - 9:11 PM

Meyers Leonard played just 12 minutes vs. the Wolves on Monday, finishing with zero points (0-of-4 FGs), two rebounds and two assists.

Leonard got into early foul trouble tonight which explains this dud, but coach Terry Stotts didn't look his way down the stretch of this close game. He scored seven points with four rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes in his previous start, so it looks like the Blazers are going to be careful with his minutes -- he's playing through a back issue. The Blazers play again on Tuesday vs. the Jazz and they will need his size against Rudy Gobert, so it's not a terrible idea to give him another chance instead of burning a waiver transaction this early in the week. Then again, there are probably several better options on your waiver wire.
Apr 3 - 10:01 PM

Meyers Leonard scored seven points with four rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes as the starting center against the Suns on Saturday.

He stayed on the court longer than any other frontcourt guy with nine minutes in his first stint, but that a big chunk of his run -- he played in garbage time, too. Leonard is likely going to stick in the starting lineup, but coach Terry Stotts loves to play the matchups and Leonard is playing through a back injury. He's more of a borderline player to add, but having four games next week definitely helps.
Apr 2 - 12:26 AM

Meyers Leonard will start vs. the Suns on Saturday.

No drama from coach Terry Stotts this time. While Leonard is getting the start, we should also see Noah Vonleh get some burn at the five in addition to Al-Farouq Aminu in small-ball lineups. We'll let you know how Leonard fares after the game, but he's certainly on the standard-league radar.
Apr 1 - 8:31 PM

Meyers Leonard is listed as the starter against the Suns on Saturday.

OK, we all know coach Terry Stotts has toyed with us for "listed as the starter" for years, but Leonard is the logical choice. Among non-Nurkic players to log center minutes since Ed Davis went down last month, Leonard has played more than 150 minutes at center than the second-most guy, Noah Vonleh. Besides Vonleh and Leonard, the Blazers should definitely be looking at Al-Farouq Aminu as a small-ball five man. If you're looking for adds, Aminu is a standard-league guy while Vonleh and Leonard are worth looks depending on what you need. Leonard probably won't be unleashed because of his injured back.
Apr 1 - 2:59 PM

Meyers Leonard’s right hip has been in so much pain recently he said he hasn’t been able to sleep at night.

He also has two herniated discs in his back, so he said it's almost like playing on one leg."It’s a very bizarre feeling to be playing the highest level of basketball while feeling like I have one leg,’’ Leonard said Wednesday. "It’s frustrating to say the least.’’ He actually had an MRI to reveal the damage, but didn't go into detail. It sounds like he'll play through it, but he doesn't have much fantasy value.
Source: CSN NW
Mar 22 - 5:46 PM

Meyers Leonard scored six points with one rebound, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 10 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

He did pick up all of the backup center minutes, but Jusuf Nurkic only left the scraps. With Ed Davis (shoulder) out for the season, Leonard should continue to see regular minutes. He's still going to be inconsistent and would need Nurk to be in foul trouble.
Mar 3 - 2:07 AM

Meyers Leonard scored four points with four rebounds off the bench in 11 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.

He saw a little more action at power forward in this game, but a lot of that could be due to no Al-Farouq Aminu. With Jusuf Nurkic off to a fantastic start, Leonard's playing time is a major question mark.
Feb 23 - 10:10 PM

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