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Maarty Leunen
PF - 6'9, 215lbs - 38 years old - 0 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2021 season
  • Birthdate: 09/03/1985
  • Drafted (NBA): 54th pick, 2008
  • Pre-draft team: Oregon
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2008 NBA DraftNBADrafted 54th overall by Houston.
23rd September, 2008TurkeySigned a one year contract with Darussafaka.
14th July, 2009ItalySigned a one year contract with Cantu.
2nd July, 2010ItalyRe-signed by Cantu to a one year contract.
5th May, 2011ItalySigned a two year extension with Cantu.
27th July, 2013ItalyRe-signed by Cantu to a one year contract.
21st July, 2014GermanySigned a one year contract with ratiopharm Ulm.
11th Sepember, 2015ItalySigned a one year contract with Avellino.
22nd January, 2016NBATraded by Houston to L.A. Clippers in exchange for Josh Smith, the draft rights to Sergei Lishouk (#49, 2004) and cash.
16th June, 2016ItalySigned a one year extension with Avellino.
29th July, 2017ItalyRe-signed by Avellino to a one year contract.
22nd July, 2018NBADraft rights traded by L.A. Clippers, along with cash, to Dallas in exchange for Johnathan Motley and the draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis (#50, 2007).
30th July, 2018ItalySigned a one year contract with Fortitudo Bologna.
2nd August, 2018NBADraft rights traded by Dallas to Houston in exchange for Chinanu Onuaku, the right to swap 2020 second round picks and cash.
7th February, 2019NBADraft rights traded by Houston, along with Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin and a 2021 second round pick, to Indiana in exchange for cash.
Career Moves
2004 - 2008Oregon (NCAA)
July 2008Houston Rockets (Summer League)
September 2008 - June 2009Darussafaka (Turkey)
July 2009Houston Rockets (Summer League)
July 2009 - June 2010Cantu (Italy)
July 2010Houston Rockets (Summer League)
July 2011 - June 2014Cantu (Italy)
July 2014Houston Rockets (Summer League)
July 2014 - June 2015ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
September 2015 - June 2018Avellino (Italy)
July 2018 - presentFortitudo Bologna (Italy, Serie A2)
Articles about Maarty Leunen

June 29, 2017

Maarty Leunen - 54th pick, 2008<
The Scalabrine of Italy. A useful role player, but his usage rate continues to slide to the point that his 40% three point shooting is of increasingly little value, and he offers little other than that from an NBA perspective.

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July 2, 2014

Maarty Leunen - Leunen is something of a forgotten man from an NBA perspective, but is a fixture in Italy, where he has spent the last five years. In each of those last five years, he has shot better than 40% from three, save for one season at 39.6% to which we'll grant a mulligan. Leunen is not aggressive with this shot - last season for Cantu, he scored only 7.2 points in 31 minutes per game. He also only rebounded for 5.4 per game in that same time, a very poor return for a 6'9 starting power forward, and barely shot more than one free throw per contest. Leunen is about as unpowerful as a 'power' forward can be. But what he does do is take his unathletic face-up game and make the best of it, shooting timely shots, moving the ball around, passing very well, occasionally driving, and so often making the right place. This does not lend itself too well to an NBA which, much as it likes a good stretch four these days, requires its stretch fours to actually hunt and take shots. But at least it is pleasingly different from all the things summer league is normally known for.

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April 2, 2011

Maarty Leunen (54th pick, 2008)

- Oregon product Leunen, who has developed his hair-based sartorial elegance as he's aged, has taken his somewhat limited skillset to exactly the right place - Italy. Specifically, Leunen is playing for Bennet Cantu, a team that's been little more of an also-ran in the past few seasons, but who have had a strong year and who are thus in second place in Serie A (behind perennial champions Montepaschi Siena). Cantu's style is predicated around depth (ten players score more than double figures) and outside shooting. Seven players shoot better than 37% from three point range, and Leunen's 41.7% ranks sixth on the team. The only players not to shoot are veteran rebounder Dennis Marconato and starting point guard Mike Green; however, Green has an excuse, because it's his penetration-and-kick game that's a large part of how this offensive scheme works. In addition to his shooting, Leunen averages 11.0 points per game, leads the team in rebounds with 6.3 rpg, and is second in assists with 2.7apg.

One important statistic not listed there, though, is the 33.0mpg that comes in. That tempers the production somewhat. In fact, it renders it underwhelming. Leunen is in a pretty ideal situation, and accepting his tender offer from the Rockets just to get cut doesn't avail him anything.

Chances of making the NBA expressed as an arbitrary percentage: 3%

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July 14, 2010

Maarty Leunen

Leunen was a second round draft pick of the Rockets back in 2008, a jumpshooting power forward not unlike Pat Garrity without NBA athleticism or a position he can defend. He spent last year in Italy playing for NGC Cantu, where he averaged 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 33 minutes per game, helping the team to an unexpected 4th place finish in Serie A. Leunen will probably never join the NBA, especially since his rebounding numbers have gone down, but Cantu are happy with him and Leunen already has a contract there for next season.

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April 2, 2010

- Maarty Leunen

Rockets draft pick Leunen is playing in Italy with NGC Cantu. He is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 32 minutes per game, shooting a Maarty Leunen-like 49% from three point range. He's also shooting 65% from two point range, and should perhaps take more shats.

Due to his heritage - a heritage hinted at by his surname - Leunen is eligible for a Dutch passport. And having the passport of a country within the European Union is a great asset to any American basketball player, for it allows them to be counted as a European player, which gets them past the limitations on non-EU players that most leagues have (and therefore, they become more attractive to prospective teams). However, as far as I can tell, Leunen does not have a Dutch passport yet.

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