How much hope is there for this kid? And how much trade value does he have? Part of me likes to think he's just in the wrong situation. He's young and athletic and very raw still. But after a few years he still doesn't seem any better than when he got drafted. Maybe if he goes to a rebuilding team that can give him decent minutes on a consistent basis. Orlando. Lakers. Boston.
Like most young ultra athletic bigs it just takes time and the right situation. Tyson Chandler was considered a bust at one point, Deandre Jordan was considered overpaid, and Javale McGee was considered and still is a knucklehead, but was able to get it together in Denver. If Leonoard can devote his time to protecting the rim and rebounding he still has a chance to be an all-star, but fit is key.
Everyone just suggests every player going to the Cavs but he really would be in the right situation would only be asked to play D and rebound, I think a 1st round pick would suffice.
Meyers Leonard has as much hope as anyone to succeed being a young big man. Many marginally talented big men such as Hilton Armstrong, Ryan Hollins, Adonal Foyle, and many others have hung around the league for years getting chance after chance to succeed thanks to their size. Leonard will likely get lots of opportunities to succeed over his career so if he's just in a bad situation then he'll turn things around.
Probably not going to become an NBA starter. Getting close to the point where it is time to let the dream go. Yes he got his rebounding up to a decent level. He went from 7 rebounds per 36 minutes to a good 11. But his blocked shots and steals are terrible, so he can't be in there just for defense. And his offense is still rudimentary. He might eventually be a good back up. In fact in two years I suspect he will be a good back up. But that might be his ceiling.
For real? Give up on being a starter in the NBA? ^ HE'S 22 YEARS OLD!!! And we all know big men take a while to come along, Robin Lopez comes to mind. But let's just go over players from Meyers own draft class that people are much higher on but haven't proven much more: Terrence Ross, Jeremy Lamb, and Thomas Robinson. I would be more inclined to agree with you if there were character issues with Leonard but he comes from a milirary family and seems to have his head on his shoulders. I'm not saying he's going to have a break out year anytime soon but I gave up on Robin Lopez quickly and he proved me wrong .
Portland doesn't really use their bench very much. All of their starters play between 31.7 mpg and 36.2 mpg. They don't really have any lower minute starters, and being a 3rd string player on a roster like that just doesn't lead to a lot of playing time.
Meyers has a soft touch face up, and NBA size and athletic ability for his position, but he's never been the toughest player, and that and his inexperience may be what's left him sitting behind Joel Freeland on the depth chart.
I can't count the kid out, but I think he needs a change of scenery. I thought he had starter potential coming into the league, and I really haven't seen him in anything but garbage time since he's been in the league. His next opportunity could be pivotal, and make or break for him.
Portland has done a good job of developing their talent. I don't think he needs a change scenery.
Last year freeland and t-rob split time. This year leonard is competing with t-rob, Kaman, and freeland for the first (big) man off the bench. It will be kaman.
After kaman leaves in one to two years that position will be up for grabs.
2 years...just in time for Leonard to hit the free agent market.
Yep. They will resign him. Freeland can play the 4 and leonard could take over at backup center. Letting him go is giving up on him too soon.
"Portland has done a good job of developing their talent."
I really want the Cavs to get him. He could bring the rim protection they lack and then some depending on his growth.
All I can say about Meyers is he's got great size and athletic ability for a Center in the NBA. He isn't a stick and he isn't a giant tub of lard, so he's got that going for him. I would like it if the Lakers acquired him as he'd be the only player on the roster who's over 7 feet tall and wouldn't look incredibly ridiculous guarding Marc or Pau Gasol.
thats a thought, who knows, he could end up being the lakers' new chris mihm. solid role playing big man. averaged about 10 points with 6.5 boards and a shade over a block a game in 25 mpg. thats a realistic expectation from leonard in 2 years time i believe. wont be a bust and can carve out a 10 year career in the league by being just that.
Myers Leonard didn't see much playing time last year, was he injured or did he just have a lot of DNP's?
As said above, Portland have a fairly set starting 5 and in the backcourt LMA will play major minutes and Robin Lopez started every game last year. They have just signed the very experienced Chris Kaman and have Joel Freeland and Thomas Robinson also competing for minutes. Freeland is much more experienced than Leonard and Robinson was more highly rated than Leonard in their NCAA days so it will be hard for Leonard to get decent minutes.
Maybe if the Blazers could get a first rounder for him they would consider offers or if they flipped him for an experienced bench option in a position they want extra depth at.
If it doesn't work out for Leonard in Portland, he'll certainly get other offers teams will always have a serious look at young athletic 7 footers.