Leaf now has back-to-back solid scoring performances on his Vegas resume after shooting just 2-for-14 in the opener. The 2017 first-round pick is looking to plant the seed for a much bigger role in the coming campaign after averaging just 8.6 minutes across 53 games during his rookie season, although the Pacers currently have a relatively deep collection of frontcourt talent.
Leaf finished with a team-high 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT) to go along with two rebounds across 30 minutes during Saturday's 86-76 summer league win over the Spurs.
After going 2-for-14 during his debut, Leaf made up for it Saturday, though was unable to match his 10 rebounds from the first game. He'll look to continue building on his efforts to garner more run for the Pacers next season.
Leaf struggled from the floor in his Las Vegas Summer League debut Friday, finishing with four points (2-14 FG, 0-4 3PT) to go with 10 rebounds in 27 minutes of action.
Last year's first-round pick didn't make much of an impact at the NBA level as a rookie, and his showing Friday wasn't exactly encouraging. Leaf will look to bounce back Saturday when the Pacers take on the Spurs.
Leaf provided 13 points (6-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and one assist across 22 minutes during a 119-93 loss to the Hornets on Tuesday.
Leaf's 13 points marked his third-best scoring effort on the season as he received a much larger workload than normal in the team's regular season finale. The rookie had previously not scored in double figures since early January. It would be surprising if he had much of a role during the playoffs.
Leaf added three points (1-3 FG. 1-2 FT) and one rebound during Friday's 92-73 loss at Toronto.
Leaf's three points Friday were the first points he has scored since dropping seven points back on Mar. 17. The first-round pick out of UCLA is averaging 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds across 52 games played during his rookie campaign.
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