Leonard Miller – Forward (Pick #33 – 2023 NBA Draft)
Talk about the upside with this one. Miller is a prospect that gives the impression he was made in a basketball laboratory, standing as tall as 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan while possessing a bounce that is capable of launching a man to the moon.
Miller was originally a guard in his youth and lost none of his handle and quickness during his late teen growth spurt. After spending the year dominating the G-League against grown men, Miller has a great sense of when to cut to the rim and has great touch on his shot. While his jumper mechanics need work, his touch demonstrates shooting potential is there. Miller competes on the glass and is a threat in transition as both a rim runner and with the ball. He is a scout’s dream as a prospect, and figures to be extremely fun to watch this summer.
Game 1 Observations: 16pts | 11rbs | 2/4 3pts | +20
Miller displayed the entire package in game one. He was tenacious on the glass, ran in transition, buried a few shots from deep, passing ability & awareness, and had several well-timed cuts that displayed strong finishing ability and touch.
Defensively he flashed versatility guarding 1-5 and protected the paint with verticality and 0 (!!!) personal fouls. Miller’s well-rounded performance had Timberwolves’ Twitter buzzing over his potential as he looks to make a statement that he is NBA ready, and 32 other teams made a massive mistake.
Yeah, he’s a keeper, folks.