This offseason the Cavaliers were active on the waiver wire and brought in another young player from Houston in Jon Leuer. Leuer was originally drafted by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft. He was traded from Milwaukee to Houston prior to the 2012 NBA draft. Houston tried to acquire as many picks as possible to put together a package in an effort to trade for Dwight Howard.
Leuer was a four-year player at the University of Wisconsin. Entering his senior season, SI.com dubbed him as their preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. He averaged 18.3 points that season. His rare size and shooting ability is not something you find in every player. Along with his 18.3 point per game average, he averaged over seven rebounds per game.
For this Wisconsin Badger team, Leuer was the go-to guy on offense. He totaled more than 1,000 points while at Wisconsin.
His career in the NBA has been a little different.
Entering his third NBA season, Leuer struggled to receive decent minutes for the Bucks. In his two seasons in Milwaukee he averaged a mediocre 4.7 points. He has not averaged great minutes in the NBA, but when he is given the chance, he delivers. Against the Boston Celtics last year he logged 30 minutes in the game and scored 15 points, hitting seven of 11 shots from the field, including shooting 100 percent from three-point range.
Between his inside-post game and three-point shooting ability, Leuer can do a lot of things right. He was great in college, but his skills have not translated into the NBA yet.
There is no question that Leuer has the talent to play in the NBA. For a 6-10 power forward Leuer has great ball handling skills and can take any big man off the dribble. He is still young and has a lot to learn. The Cavaliers hope head coach Byron Scott can steer Leuer in the right direction.
Leuer will enter training camp looking for a spot on the roster. He is expected to be on the final roster when the season begins, but he will be fighting for playing time with Samardo Samuels, Tyler Zeller, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao.