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2012 NBA Draft Results: Meyers Leonard Taken By Portland Trail Blazers At No. 11

Most projections had Illinois center Meyers Leonard going in the lottery portion of the draft, which is exactly what happened -- Leonard was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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Leonard was a solid contributor at Illinois but never a start player -- as a sophomore during the 2011-12 season, Leonard averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 points per game. He played sparingly as a freshman.

Since he decided to turn pro and started working out for NBA teams, though, he began to work his way up draft boards across the league and became a bona fide lottery prospect.

Earlier in the draft, the Trail Blazers selected point guard Damian Lillard.

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