In his second NBA season, T.J. Leaf served as a helpful bench option in Indiana. He set new career highs across the board, averaging 3.9 points per game across 58 games, garnering 9.0 minutes of playing time per contest. Stretched out to per 36-minute rates, Leaf put up solid averages of 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. The UCLA product shot an impressive 54.1 percent from the field and is now at 51.1 percent for his career. He also chipped in 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per 36 minutes. While Leaf played fewer than 20 minutes in 56 of the 58 games he appeared in, he put up some big numbers when he saw extended run. In a win over Atlanta on Apr. 10, the 22-year-old posted his only double-double of the season with 28 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes of action. He added 18 points and three rebounds across 22 minutes in a win over Minnesota on Feb. 28. Overall, he scored in double figures five times, shooting an impressive 65.4 percent from the field in those contests. Leaf appeared in one of the Pacers' four playoff games, scoring two points and grabbing three rebounds in a loss to Boston. Leaf's Pacers would be eliminated by the Celtics in the first round of the Playoffs.
June 22, 2017Drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
July 3, 2017Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Indiana Pacers.