2011 NBA Mock Draft: Bulls Bank on Potential of Travis Leslie at No. 28
NBA Mock Draft 2011 Gives the Chicago Bulls Added Depth in the Back Court With Travis Leslie at Pick No. 28
Last week Travis Leslie decided that he was officially keep his name in the 2011 draft. Was it a good move?
The 6-4 200 pound guard is a guy that can finish strong because of his large frame against most other guards. The combination of strength, size and athleticism makes him one of the best specimens in the draft.
Adam Ganeles of nbadraft.net raves about the body and power of Leslie:
Thrives in open space utilizing his end-to- end speed and explosive leaping ability ... Powerful, compact frame. More than capable of withstanding a blow and finishing when contacted ... Not a comfortable sight for defenders while charging at the hoop: he'll either dunk over you or take you with him through the rim ... Body control, in-air adjustments and hang time are sublime.
The big issue is with his jump shot. He is very inconsistent and has a lot of work to do to improve his 30 percent mark from beyond the arc. It's never a good thing to be considered a shooting guard that can't shoot.
Good Fit or Bad Fit?
The Bulls don't need much right now but Leslie has an NBA body and can contribute off the bench right away. It's a good fit for the Bulls in the sense they add another athlete to the mix that should be able to make contributions his rookie season.
It's a bad fit for Leslie considering he will be lucky to sniff the floor his first season or two—which will impede his progress.
Chances of NBA Success: 40%
He has the athleticism and body to do more than just compete in this league. It's a matter of working on his jumper and then working on it some more and some more.
If Leslie can develop a three-point shot in the near future...this could be the steal of the draft.
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