A bit of praise for rookie big man Meyers Leonard today in Zach Lowe's weekly column on Grantland
. Leonard's slip screens, along with his generally improved play on the offensive side of the ball, make Lowe's weekly "10 Things I Like And Don't Like" list.
A late-season silver lining for Portland: Leonard is getting more minutes now with the playoffs out of reach and LaMarcus Aldridge dealing with an ankle issue. Leonard is still out of his depth on defense, but he has done well on the other end in extended minutes — including a 22-point outburst in a blowout loss to Golden State over the weekend. Leonard has shown he should be able to work as a refined jack-of-all-trades pick-and-roll big, slipping screens, cutting hard into space, and making solid and instant decisions about whether to pass, loft a floater, or roll for a dunk attempt.
Meyers had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in almost 38 minutes in last night's 112-102 loss to the Jazz in Utah.