Leonard tallied 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt), one rebound, and one assist across 19 minutes during Tuesday's 126-121 victory over the Thunder. Leonard has been playing well since the All-Star break ended, hitting 57.1 percent of his attempts from the field and 38.5 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. The big man out of Illinois isn't asked to do much rebounding for the Trail Blazers -- averaging 3.2 rebounds per game (7.1 boards per 36 minutes) -- but averages 3.0 three-point attempts in just 16.3 minutes per contest. Though he should be owned in only the deepest fantasy leagues, Leonard provides a surprising amount of three-pointers in a small workload, which is something that not many players who are center eligible can provide.
Leonard came off the bench and scored four points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while grabbing four rebounds in 11 minutes during Thursday's 112-103 win over the Magic. Jusuf Nurkic moved into the starting lineup in just his second game as a member of the Trail Blazers, returning Leonard to his bench role. Leonard played fewer than his season average of 16.3 minutes, though his workloads have been highly irregular all season. Leonard is a risky play on any night, and he has little value outside of very deep leagues.
Leonard will return to the bench for Thursday's matchup with the Magic, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports. Leonard drew two consecutive starts prior to the All-Star break, but now that Jusuf Nurkic has had the chance to get acclimated to his new team, the Blazers are electing to start him at center. That pushes Leonard to the bench and likely means a decreased role moving forward. Leonard's role has been highly volatile throughout the season, which makes him at best a risky add in the majority of fantasy formats.
Leonard submitted two points (1-7 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds and three assists across 24 minutes in a 109-104 overtime loss to the Hawks on Monday. With the newly-acquired Jusuf Nurkic unavailable for Monday's game, coach Terry Stotts turned to Leonard to pick up the start at center in place of the since-traded Mason Plumlee, but the former first-round pick was abysmal, missing all six of his attempts from beyond the arc and accruing more fouls (five) than points (two). Meanwhile, backup Ed Davis recorded a double-double in 27 minutes, and his steady track record of production on the boards probably makes him a more useful option in deeper leagues than Leonard now that Plumlee is out of the picture. However, once Nurkic has a chance to get acclimated to his new surroundings, it's expected that he'll receive a look as the club's primary center, so he's probably worthy of top waiver-wire priority among the Blazers' options at the position.
Leonard will draw the start at center for Monday's tilt against the Hawks, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports. With Mason Plumlee being dealt to the Nuggets and Jusuf Nurkic unable to play due to trade rules, coach Terry Stotts has opted to start Leonard at the center slot. Leonard only sees 16.0 minutes per game for the Trail Blazers, but should be in line for a larger workload Monday. He averages 5.5 points on 35.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc to go along with 3.2 rebounds per contest.
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