Leonard largely occupied a reserve role for the Trailblazers in 2018-19, appearing in 61 contests. However, he did start two games. The veteran big man averaged 5.9 points -- a three-year high -- and 3.8 rebounds per contest. He scored in double figures on nine occasions during the regular season. Leonard's highest-scoring contest came Apr. 10 against Sacramento, when he went off for 19 points and 11 rebounds for one of his two double-doubles on the year. He also set a new single-game high in rebounds with 16 against the Clippers on Nov. 25. Leonard dished out four assists in three separate appearances. Always a highly accurate shooter from long range, he posted his best 3-point percentage yet, knocking down 45 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc -- complementing a strong 54.5 percent field-goal percentage. He saved his best effort for the playoffs, however. After seeing limited minutes for much of the postseason, Leonard moved into the starting lineup for the final two games of Portland's Western Conference Finals defeat against Golden State. He posted the performance of his career in Game 4, tallying 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting while collecting 12 rebounds for his first postseason double-double. He also set a personal playoff high by hitting five 3-pointers in that contest.2017
Leonard played in 33 games for the Trail Blazers, starting two of them, in the 2017-18 campaign. He missed eight straight games from October to November with an ankle injury and was in and out of the lineup when healthy. The center averaged 3.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 7.7 minutes per game. Leonard remained a threat from long range, hitting on 43.2 percent of his 3-pointers -- the second-best mark of his career. On Nov. 18 against the Kings, he posted 11 points -- including a trio of threes -- and seven rebounds. Leonard then scored a season-high 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting over just 15:46 on Dec. 2 against the Pelicans. His Trail Blazers won the third seed in the West, though they were swept in the first round by New Orleans. Leonard made two appearances in the series, most notably collecting eight points and four rebounds over just 7:55 on the court in Game 3.2016
Leonard re-signed with the Trail Blazers before the 2016-17 season on a four-year deal. He appeared in 74 games, making 12 starts -- both season highs. The center averaged 5.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists across 16.5 minutes per game. His best performance came on Nov. 20 at the Brooklyn Nets, when he posted 14 points and 11 rebounds while hitting 4-of-6 threes. That was his lone double-double of the season. He also registered a season-high 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting (including 4-for-4 from downtown) on Jan. 21 against the Celtics on the road. He bounced back as a free-throw shooter, knocking down 87.5 percent of his shots from the charity stripe after making 76.1 percent the year before. Leonard's Blazers finished the season with a 41-41 record as the Western Conference's eighth seed and were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. The fifth-year big man appeared in three postseason games, starting one, and averaged 0.7 points with 2.7 rebounds across 10.3 minutes per contest.2015
Leonard had his biggest season yet in 2015-16 NBA season, playing in 61 games for the Trail Blazers while setting new career highs in starts (10), minutes per game (21.9) points per game (8.4), rebounds per game (5.1) and assists per game (1.5). He continued shooting plenty of threes, setting another career best by averaging 1.4 per game while hitting them at a 37.7 percent rate. Leonard posted a season-high 23 points with four threes and seven rebounds in 31 minutes against the Mavericks on Dec. 1. On Dec. 31, he tied a career high with five threes (on just six attempts) against Utah, scoring 17 points in the process. The Illinois product scored in double digits on 25 occasions. He also notched four double-doubles during the season, including grabbing a season-high 14 boards to go with 11 points on Mar. 1 against the Knicks. Leonard suffered a left shoulder injury that required surgery in March, ending his season prematurely and causing him to miss the playoffs.2014
Leonard appeared in 55 games in his third season, starting seven of them. He responded with career-high averages in points (5.9) and rebounds (4.5) despite playing only 15.4 minutes per game. In November and December, he suited up for just 12 of Portland's 29 games, but Leonard carved out a more substantial role starting in January, missing just five games the rest of the way while seeing increased minutes. That was particularly true in the season's final weeks. Over the Blazers' last eight games, Leonard averaged 22.2 minutes a night, raising his production to 9.4 points and 7.9 boards per game. Overall, Leonard showed impressive growth as a shooter. After failing to make a single 3-pointer in the prior campaign, he came back to hit 47 of his long-range tries at a sparkling 42.0 percent rate. He also shot 51.0 percent from the field and an incredible 93.8 percent from the free-throw line. Leonard turned in six games with double-digit rebounds, double-doubling on three of those occasions -- most impressively Apr. 6 against Brooklyn, when he racked up 17 points, a career-high 15 boards, four assists and two steals. That was also his finest scoring effort in the NBA to that point, but Leonard blew it away a week later, scoring 24 points with a season-high five threes against the Thunder. Leonard also enjoyed a bigger role than ever before in the playoffs, averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while hitting 10 of his 13 attempts from beyond the arc over the course of the Blazers' first-round loss to Memphis.2013
Leonard appeared in 40 games, all coming off bench, in the 2013-14 NBA season. The center registered 2.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists across 8.9 minutes per game for the Trail Blazers. He played a significant role for the first time on Nov. 5 against the Rockets, logging six points and two rebounds in 14 minutes. Leonard's best performance came Jan. 2, when he posted eight points, 10 rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes against the Hornets. In January, he was limited by an ankle sprain and missed seven games. He later dished four assists on Mar. 5 against the Atlanta Hawks to set his career high. Leonard's playing time increased somewhat over the course of the season, from 7.0 minutes per game in November to 10.0 minutes in March. The Blazers finished with a 54-28 record, good for the fifth seed in the West, and went two rounds deep in the playoffs. Leonard played in four games, all against the Spurs in the second round, notching two rebounds in less than 10 minutes of total court time.2012
Leonard was selected with the 11th overall pick by the Trail Blazers in the 2012 NBA Draft. The 20-year-old out of Illinois played 69 games, starting nine, during his rookie season. He collected 5.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game, mostly in relief of LaMarcus Aldridge and JJ Hickson, showing his versatility in the paint. Leonard debuted on Oct. 31 against the Lakers, scoring four points in 23 minutes off the bench. On Nov. 21, he started for the first time against the Suns, registering 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes alongside Aldridge. On Nov. 26, he had three blocks against the Pistons, a career high. The center's best performance came Mar. 30 against the Warriors, when he posted 22 points with 10 rebounds and a block in 40 minutes for his first career double-double. Despite his limited playing time, Leonard managed to score in double figures 13 times and block multiple shots on six separate occasions.
June 28, 2012Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2012Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
July 10, 2016Signed a four-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
July 6, 2019As part of a 4-team trade, traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Miami Heat in exchange for Hassan Whiteside