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2006 NBA Draft Draft Tracker Draft Tracker - Round 1 Draft Tracker - Round 2 Players Positions Schools Conferences NBA Teams

Leon Powe - PF

 Leon Powe Rank: 32
 Position: Power Forward
 School: California
 Conference: Pacific Ten
 Height, Weight: 6'8, 235
   Selected by: Denver Nuggets
 Round 2, pick 19 (49 overall)

Traded to Celtics
 
ANALYSIS: Powe led the Pac-10 in scoring (20.5) and rebounding (10.1) last season helping the Bears to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003. He declared for the draft but did not hire an agent. Powe is a physical specimen capable of scoring inside or out, and he overpowered much of his college competition. NBA personnel worry about Powe's injury history, because he has had reconstructive knee surgery twice and missed his sophomore season (2004-2005). He also suffered a stress fracture that sidelined him the first month of last season. Although Powe excels down low, he is developing a mid-range jumper. He has a 7-foot-2 wingspan to go with his great upper body strength. Despite the knee injuries, Powe has above average leaping ability. He is a very aggressive player with a nose for the basketball. Last season, he had 15 double-doubles and scored 30 points in back-to-back games against Stanford and Arizona. For a player his size, he is a very good ball-handler. He shot 50 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the free-throw line this past season. The biggest questions about Powe revolve around his injury history and the fact that he is undersized to play power forward in the pros. In college, he could outmuscle almost everyone. But, in the NBA he could struggle against the long, lean players that frequent the league. His private workouts will be key to see where he is drafted. He has the skills of a first-rounder, but his knees are a huge concern and that concern may cause him to return to college for another season.

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