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Trail Blazers rookie Meyers Leonard scored 14 and grabbed eight rebounds in his first preseason start. Leonard and J.J. Hickson are battling for the starting center spot, with the veteran Hickson reportedly having the edge. However, Hickson was injured in this particular game, a 104-93 loss to the Suns.
With Leonard and point guard Damian Lillard, a potential rookie of the year candidate, the Blazers have themselves two first-year players who should make an immediate impact. And that, folks, is what the draft is all about.
The revamped Suns lost mainstays Steve Nash and Grant Hill. That hurts. But they did a nice job of filling out the roster this offseason. How does this sound for a starting lineup: C Marcin Gortat; F Luis Scola; F Michael Beasley; G Jared Dudley; G Goran Dragic. If those guys plays together, hey, you never know.
Forward Markieff Morris and guard Shannon Brown have also looked good for the Suns off the benc...