2011 NBA Mock Draft: Nets Draft Jon Leuer to Bolster Front Line at No. 27
NBA Mock Draft 2011 Places Jon Leuer on the New Jersey Nets at Pick No. 27
Jon Leuer was destined for the lottery throughout this past season.
The 6-10 Leuer got better in each of his four seasons at Wisconsin. He increased his scoring output by at least three points every year—culminating at 19 a game his senior season.
Then four years of hard work came to a crashing halt in the Sweet 16 against Butler.
He shot an abysmal 1-of-12 from the floor and finished with three points while also fouling out. The undersized Matt Howard absolutely devoured Leuer and really exploited his lack of toughness in the paint.
That horrendous performance in front of dozens of NBA scouts drops him back to the end of the first round.
His lack of bulk is going to make it very difficult to do much of anything in he post. Jonathan Wasserman of NBAdraft.net explains:
A finesse guy, Leuer lacks in the strength and explosiveness department, which is troublesome when considering the power he would have to go up against at the next level ... He lacks the ability to body up and keep his ground, which will be an issue on the post offensively, and guarding the post defensively.
Leuer has to hit the weight room hard to ensure he can survive down low. If he develops the strength it takes to compete in the paint; then his offensive skills are polished enough to translate into a solid big man.
Good Fit or Bad Fit?
The Nets could use a big man with range that can stretch the floor, but they would rather have a guy that can mix it up inside.
That's not going to be Leuer.
Chances of NBA Success: 25%
He has the foot work, and shooting touch to be an effective NBA player. He certainly has the size as well. Don't forget he was a projected mid-first round pick for the majority of the past season.
But I think the lack of toughness and bulk in the paint is going to be a death wish on Leuer's NBA career.
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