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"Can't teach size..."
Before the season started, John Hollinger of ESPN wrote (subscription required) that "statistically, the only number that makes him a lottery pick is 7-1...ordinary rebound and blocked-shot rates for a college center."
Well, nothing has changed there. Leonard is averaging a very uninspiring line despite his frame, posting just 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per 36. About the only thing he's done remarkably well is shoot free throws. (He's hitting a guard-like 85 percent from the charity stripe.)
Leonard has found himself relegated to fringe backup minutes because J.J. Hickson is having a phenomenal year and the Blazers have used Hickson at the 5.
Coming into the season, many depth charts listed Leonard as the starting center, but that just hasn't worked out due to his rather mediocre post game and overall rawness.
Leonard still needs more time in the weight room and some legitimate tutoring from a former NBA big man. (The "Hoops Whisperer," Hakeem Olajuwon, seems to only accept clients with a ton of potential.) If Leonard could utilize the god-given gift of being a legit 7'1", then maybe he would justify that lottery pick.
But as Hollinger forecasted prior to the season, it didn't do him much good in college, so why would it in the NBA?