Meyers Leonard: No longer a rookie

Meyers Leonard: No longer a rookie

Former Illini and Robinson native Meyers Leonard wrapped up his rookie season in the NBA on Wednesday, putting up seven points, three rebounds and two blocks in Portland's 99-88 loss to Golden State.

The Blazers finished 33-49 and missed the Western Conference playoffs.

Leonard played in 69 games, averaging 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.5 minutes. The 7-foot-1 center is part of a promising first-year core that saw major minutes for Portlant coach Terry Stotts.

Earlier this week,  the Blazers started four rookies — Leonard, Will Barton, Victor Claver, and Damian Lillard — for the second time in franchise history.

The bad news: They need to improve. Wednesday's loss was the 13th straight defeat for the Blazers, equaling the franchise record set in the 1971-72 season.


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Illini 1st wrote on April 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

According to my local paper he also had at least one double-double. Not all that many NBA players do that even once. He is going to do fine. He is going to get a lot better.

My only regret is he didn't get to play more as a college freshman.

IlliniMike05 wrote on April 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Agree with all of this. Well said. Meyers is going to become a viable starting center in the NBA, quite possibly by the end of his first contract. And his next contract could be worth $50 million.