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Meyers Leonard
PF/C - 7'0, 260lbs - 32 years old - 9 years of NBA experience
Free agent - TBD
  • Birthdate: 02/27/1992
  • Drafted (NBA): 11th pick, 2012
  • Pre-draft team: Illinois
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Aaron Mintz/Leon Rose (Creative Artists Agency)
2012 NBA DraftNBADrafted 11th overall by Portland.
11th July, 2012NBASigned four year, $9,742,480 rookie scale contract with Portland. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
30th September, 2013NBAPortland exercised 2014/15 team option.
27th October, 2014NBAPortland exercised 2015/16 team option.
10th July, 2016NBARe-signed by Portland to a four year, $41 million contract.
Career Moves
2010 - 2012Illinois (NCAA)
June 2012 - presentPortland Trail Blazers (NBA)
Articles about Meyers Leonard

June 29, 2017

Meyers Leonard
C, 7’1, 245lbs, 25 years old, 5 years of experience

Was given every opportunity to succeed, and couldn’t do it. Leonard seems to want only to be a three-point shooter these days, with his rebounding disappearing to the point of being flat out poor, who has all of the size and frame that you could want in a player yet who does not use it to block out, finish around the basket, protect the rim, or indeed anything. Essentially, he has limited himself to simply being an open three-point shooter, and not even being an especially good one. A one-off season could be an aberration, but Leonard has now trended this way for three years, and at this point he is no longer an NBA rotation player, let alone a $41 million player.

Player Plan: Three years and circa. $30.8 million remaining, all guaranteed with no options. Not listed here because he has any positive trade value, but because it seems he will be traded along with a first round in a salary dump to free up the otherwise stuck salary picture. It is a deal worth making, yet a real shame it is one that needs to be made.

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June 30, 2012

Pick 11: Portland are up again, this time with their own pick - their previous pick came via the hands of the newly-Brooklyn Nets, who gave up a high lottery pick in a deep draft for a short term rental of Gerald Wallace whom they can then renounce in order to have the cap room for Dwight Howard, should they be able to trade for him, which they can't, because they haven't the assets, because they gave their best one to Portland in exchange for a short term rental of Gerald Wallace. (It's genius, really.) Needing a bit of everything, the Blazers opt for a centre, reaching slightly to pick Meyers Leonard.

It is of note that Leonard has gone before Tyler Zeller, a man to have outperformed him at every level they have played at in their careers to date. This, then, is an upsidey-pick, made on the basis of Leonard's superior athleticism. Indeed, "upside" is the general theme of Bilas's blurb, in which he also cites Leonard as needing to "get nastier." Soft and raw, then. Good stuff.

Leonard is a genuine offensive talent, which is rare to find in a 7 footer. He should be better than B.J. Mullens in all facets of the game. But I suspect he's going to through through his career flawed, permanently tantalising, never quite maximising what he's got. At #12, however, you can live with that. And anyway, centres always maximise their potential in Portland.

Like Damian Lillard before him, Meyers's fashion choices, while questionable, suggest that he knew this was coming.

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March 15, 2011

The Illini's most impressive player may have been freshman Jereme Richmond, a man with the textbook physical profile for the wing positions. Richmond is 6'7, 205lb and a hell of a leaper, and has used these tools to blossom into one of the nation's best freshman defenders. He also chips in 5 boards in 20 minutes per game, runs the court, passes well, doesn't make as many mistakes as you might imagine, and gets open off cuts for looks around the basket, where he's a decent finisher within about 10 feet. He can learn to dribble in traffic and shoot with range later; right now, he's maximising a limited skillset. Fellow freshman Meyers Leonard has shown some scoring ability for one so big, but makes plenty of mistakes, and has a little bit too much of softness about him at the moment. A summer in the weight room is much needed.

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