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.