NBA Draft: Re-Drafting the Class of 2012

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10. Meyers Leonard (Originally picked at no.11)

March 2, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard (11) disputes a foul to Minnesota Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved (1) by NBA referee Michael Smith (not pictured) in the second half at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Meyers Leonard was drafted 11th overall, which was quite appropriate. He is still raw offensively, and the Portland Trail Blazers suffer on that end when Leonard is on the floor. When he is playing, the Blazers score 8.2 points less per 100 possessions.

Defensively, the stats are almost identical with Meyers on and off the floor.

The conclusion is simple – Leonard needs to develop an offensive game in order to be effective in the NBA. He should still have been a top 10 pick, because you can’t teach size and he is 7′ 1″. Leonard also runs the floor very well and is quite athletic, especially for his size.

Statistics this season: 4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 56.5 FG%14.7 mpg

(Originally picked 10th overall: Austin Rivers, New Orleans Hornets)

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