Trail Blazers take Meyers Leonard No. 11 overall

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Trail Blazers take Meyers Leonard No. 11 overall

Meyers Leonard's strong sophomore season at Illinois was enough to make him the 11th-overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft as the Portland Trail Blazers used their second first-round pick on the 7-foot-1 center.

Leonard was the third center selected behind Kentucky's Anthony Davis (No. 1 overall to New Orleans) and Connecticut's Andre Drummond (No. 9 overall to Detroit).

He averaged 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in 2011-12.

USAToday.com had the following to say about the selection:

"Leonard is the best center on the board and has the size and athleticism to become a very good player in the league. He may take a few years to develop as he works on his body and his skills. He's far from a finished product, which makes him a nice contrast to Lillard. Leonard had a rough childhood and it's good to see him find a bright future. Grade: B-"

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Breaking down the Bulls-Thunder trade

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Breaking down the Bulls-Thunder trade

In the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, Ben Finfer and Dan Cahill join Kap on the panel to dissect the Bulls-Thunder deal.

Did Oklahoma City get the better part of the trade? And what exactly is the Bulls' plan going forward?

Check out the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast right here:

Bulls Talk Podcast: What Bulls trade means for franchise going forward

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Bulls Talk Podcast: What Bulls trade means for franchise going forward

On the February 23, 2017 edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to the Bulls-Thunder trade and what it means for the franchise moving forward. They'll also discuss how it impacts Fred Hoiberg’s rotation and the Bulls approach this summer. You'll also hear from Taj Gibson as he says goodbye to Chicago.

Listen to the latest Bulls Talk Podcast right here: