Memphis Grizzlies 2013 Player Profile: Jon Leuer

By John Raffel
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Leuer is not likely to see a lot of playing minutes each game for the Memphis Grizzlies. But that doesn’t mean he won’t occasionally be an impact player for the NBA team.

Leuer is regarded as a player who takes care of the basketball, and who can also finish at the rim.

The downside of Leuer has been he doesn’t draw fouls and needs to be a better rebounder. He made his debut in 2011 with the Milwaukee Bucks and averaged 12.1 minutes, 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 46 games while shooting 50.8 percent from the floor.

He spent 28 games between the Cleveland Cavaliers and last season between Memphis and the Cleveland Cavaliers and had a combined 28 games played, 6.7 minutes, 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds a game. In his first four games for Memphis, the 6-foot-10 forward center is averaging 8.0 minutes, 2.5 points and 1.0 rebounds a game. His shooting is only 36.4 percent but it should pick up. He’s near 50-percent shooting for his entire NBA career.

Offensively, Leuer can be a very useful player for the Grizzlies. He needs to show that he’s a better defensive player than he’s been in the past and that he’s capable of drawing more fouls and going to the free-throw line more often than he has in the past.

Leuer will have a minor impact for the Grizzlies, who need depth so they can be a stronger contender for an NBA title. But he doesn’t have the capabilities of helping his team out with key points and rebounds while he’s serving some critical time from off the bench.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter @JohnCarlRaffel, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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