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Does Leonard have the potential to improve his defensive game or is it too raw? Is this the reason...

Does Leonard have the potential to improve his defensive game or is it too raw? Is this the reason the Warriors like Zellar over Leonard? He appears to have more upside, more ability, improved drastically from frosh to soph, better numbers as a soph, etc. As we've mentioned before, Leonard's physical tools make him a rare and very intriguing prospect defensively, especially as his frame continues to fill out. He did a better job denying deep post position this season and generally displayed a good effort level, which combined with his size and length, makes him an effective one-on-one defender on the interior, as players have trouble scoring over the top of him. His excellent agility for a player his size should also help him defending pick-and-roll sets, giving him the ability to hedge and recover quickly. A big key for him defensively will likely the mental side of things and how well he can focus and bring consistent energy on each possession and pick up on team defensive concepts. Leonard blocked a solid 2.4 shots per-40 minutes this season, displaying his upside as a rim-protector and help defender at the NBA level. He also improved his rebounding numbers substantially from his freshman season, up to 10.3 per-40, but this is an area where he should be making even more of an impact, as his size and athleticism suggest that he could be much more of a force on the glass. From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz1yR8mOHZe http://www.draftexpress.com

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