T.J. Leaf
T.J. Leaf
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Indiana Pacers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Leaf took a small step forward in his usage and play last season, averaging 3.9 points and 2.2 boards in 9.0 minutes across 58 games. Known for his high-level three-point shooting, Leaf surprisingly regressed to a pedestrian 25.8 percent clip from beyond the arc after sinking 42.9 percent as a rookie in 2017-18. The former first-round pick has impressed when given the chance, and he went for 28 points and 10 boards in his lone NBA start last season. He also averaged 23.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in three G League games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, converting 54.1 percent of his long-distance tries. Leaf's per-36 numbers (15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds) mean he could be fantasy relevant in deep leagues if given a bump in playing time, and with Thaddeus Young off to Chicago, Leaf has a realistic chance to see his minutes jump as a top backup to Domantas Sabonis at power forward. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.44 million contract with the Pacers in July of 2017. Pacers exercised $2.81 million team option for 2019-20 in September of 2018. Pacers exercised $4.33 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Ty Jacob Leaf was born in 1997 in Tel Aviv, a city on Israel's Mediterranean coast. He is the son of Brad and Karen Leaf. His father, Brad, played collegiate basketball at the University of Evansville and was selected by the Pacers in the 1982 NBA Draft before playing 17 professional seasons in Israel. T.J. has two older brothers and two younger sisters. His brother Troy played college basketball and was a Division II All-American. T.J. played his high school basketball at Foothills Christian High School in El Cajon, California, where his father was the head coach. He averaged 28.4 points, 12.4 boards, 5.3 assists and 3.2 steals per game during his senior season and was named a 2016 McDonald's All-American. Follow Leaf on Twitter (@leafsquad22).

College/International Summary

T.J Leaf spent one year (2016-17) at the University of California Los Angeles, joining forces with fellow highly-touted recruit Lonzo Ball to form a dynamic pass and shoot duo. Leaf made 35 appearances for the Bruins, starting each, and produced 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Leaf compiled 11 double-doubles and shot a team-leading 61.7 percent from the field. Those offensive numbers made Leaf one of three UCLA players to secure First team All-Pac 12 Honors, alongside Lonzo Ball and Bryce Alford. In a Feb. 1 matchup against Washington State, Leaf scored 32 points and added 14 rebounds. Those 32 points were the second highest total ever scored in a game by a UCLA freshman. With Leaf and Ball in tow, the Bruins went 31-5 on the season, making it all the way to the Elite Eight of the National Tournament, where they fell to Kentucky.

Posts 11 boards in scrimmage win
FIndiana Pacers
July 23, 2020
Leaf posted four points (1-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes during Thursday's 91-88 scrimmage victory over the Blazers.
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Leaf was awful from the field, but he helped make up for it by his strong work on the glass and no turnovers. With Domantas Sabonis' availability for the first seeding game unclear due to plantar fasciitis, Leaf may end up being called upon to fill some frontcourt minutes for the Pacers.
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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.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 3, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Indiana Pacers.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Leaf found court time hard to come by during his rookie campaign, seeing action in just 53 games and averaging 8.6 minutes. He was merely emergency depth in the frontcourt when needed, though he did noticeably knock down 18-of-42 three-pointers (42.9%) in the limited run. The Pacers lost both Al Jefferson and Trevor Booker this offseason, but went on to add big man Kyle O'Quinn and Doug McDermott, who could play some small-ball power forward. In addition to that, both Thad Young and Domantas Sabonis return, which means Leaf's path to playing time doesn't clear up much. His long-term prospects forecast him as a potential floor-spacing big man due to his silky three-point stroke, which is a hot commodity in today's NBA landscape. However, until some bodies higher up on the depth chart go down with injury or are traded, Leaf will likely be an avoidable player when evaluating frontcourt options in Fantasy leagues.
The 6-foot-10 power forward declared for the 2017 NBA Draft after just one season at UCLA, where he posted 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. His incredible efficiency also turned scouts’ heads, as he made 61.7 percent of his shots from the field and 46.6 percent of his threes. His lack of lateral quickness, slight build, and unimposing wingspan raise questions about his potential as a defender, but the Pacers seemingly felt like his offensive upside was too good to pass up when he fell to them with the 18th overall pick. His path to playing time won’t be easy, though. He’ll certainly be behind Thaddeus Young, the projected starter at power forward. After that, Leaf will have to compete with the likes of Domantas Sabonis and possibly Bojan Bogdanovic for minutes at the four, as Leaf doesn’t project to be a pseudo small forward or center. All in all, it’s probably safe to avoid Leaf in the vast majority of Fantasy formats for his rookie campaign.
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Logs three minutes versus Bucks
FIndiana Pacers
March 4, 2020
Leaf saw three minutes during Wednesday's 119-100 loss to the Bucks.
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Absent from injury report
FIndiana Pacers
February 6, 2020
Leaf (illness) isn't on the injury report ahead of Friday's game against Toronto.
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Added to injury report
FIndiana Pacers
Illness
February 5, 2020
Leaf is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors due to an illness.
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Cleared to play
FIndiana Pacers
January 26, 2020
Leaf (knee) has been cleared to play Sunday against Portland, J. Michael of the Indy Star reports.
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Game-time call Sunday
FIndiana Pacers
Knee
January 25, 2020
Leaf (knee) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup against the Trail Blazers, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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