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Celtics Player Review: Leon Powe

For all of the 2006-07 season and for the beginning of this past season as well, Leon Powe seemed nothing more than a guy riding the bench that might come in when the game is well out of reach or someone was in foul trouble.

Powe proved that he was capable of playing significant minutes in the 2007-08 season and really displayed how he can be a dominant force off the bench and a huge presence under the basket.

Regular Season

Leon did not have a lot of playing time due to Glen Davis playing most of the back up center roles in the first half of the season. When Kevin Garnett went down with the abdominal strain, Powe got his chance to shine, and shine he did. Leon became one of the best players off the bench for the Celtics and even started a few games for the Celtics while Garnett was injured.

Powe finished the regular season averaging 7.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Playoffs

Powe’s numbers went down a bit in the postseason due to P.J. Brown’s strong emergence. Overall in the playoffs, Powe appeared in 23 games and averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Future Outlook

The only thing I believe Leon needs to work on is changing up his shot selection. About 90% of his shots are dunks. If he could develop some sort of mid-range jump shot and worked more at putting the ball up against the backboard, I believe he would be a stronger player. Dunks are great and he is great at making them, but a lot of the time he will get blocked in his attempt, and nothing positive will happen. Other than that, Leon is a strong player off the bench and will continue to develop even more so this coming season.

Do you think Leon Powe will improve next season?

  • Yes, he's a future sixth man. (67%, 30 Votes)
  • Yes, he's a future starter. (22%, 10 Votes)
  • No, he'll stay the same. (11%, 5 Votes)
  • No, he's going to get worse. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

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4 comments for “Celtics Player Review: Leon Powe”

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    Posted by Celtics247.com » Blog Archive » Today’s Links 8/8 | August 8, 2008, 11:11 am
  2. Leon will continue to improve all phases of his game over the next few years (remember, he’s only 24 years old). He has a great pair of hands (terrific at catching passes in traffic near the basket), draws fouls (notice how his free throw shooting improved) and is great at drawing charges from the opposition. He will be a key Celtic for years to come.

    Posted by Glen Johnston | August 9, 2008, 2:21 am
  3. I agree that Leon has to develop mid range shots other than the dunk. Likewise, he has to improve on defense. He has great potential because he is strong and talented.

    Posted by Gene Balo | August 9, 2008, 6:41 am
  4. He’s certainly a future sixth man in this league…as long as he can get better on defense.

    Posted by KC | August 9, 2008, 3:41 pm

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