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Maarty Leunen - PF, 6'9, 215
Signed in Italy - Signed with Avellino
       Date of birth: 09/03/1985
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 54th pick, 2008
     Out of: Oregon
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

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   2010 Summer League Rosters: Houston Rockets

Maarty Leunen

Leunen was a second round draft pick of the Rockets back in 2008, a jumpshooting power forward not unlike Pat Garrity without NBA athleticism or a position he can defend. He spent last year in Italy playing for NGC Cantu, where he averaged 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 33 minutes per game, helping the team to an unexpected 4th place finish in Serie A. Leunen will probably never join the NBA, especially since his rebounding numbers have gone down, but Cantu are happy with him and Leunen already has a contract there for next season.

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   An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The NBA Prospects Of The Unsigned NBA Draft Picks

Maarty Leunen (54th pick, 2008)

- Oregon product Leunen, who has developed his hair-based sartorial elegance as he's aged, has taken his somewhat limited skillset to exactly the right place - Italy. Specifically, Leunen is playing for Bennet Cantu, a team that's been little more of an also-ran in the past few seasons, but who have had a strong year and who are thus in second place in Serie A (behind perennial champions Montepaschi Siena). Cantu's style is predicated around depth (ten players score more than double figures) and outside shooting. Seven players shoot better than 37% from three point range, and Leunen's 41.7% ranks sixth on the team. The only players not to shoot are veteran rebounder Dennis Marconato and starting point guard Mike Green; however, Green has an excuse, because it's his penetration-and-kick game that's a large part of how this offensive scheme works. In addition to his shooting, Leunen averages 11.0 points per game, leads the team in rebounds with 6.3 rpg, and is second in assists with 2.7apg.

One important statistic not listed there, though, is the 33.0mpg that comes in. That tempers the production somewhat. In fact, it renders it underwhelming. Leunen is in a pretty ideal situation, and accepting his tender offer from the Rockets just to get cut doesn't avail him anything.

Chances of making the NBA expressed as an arbitrary percentage: 3%

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 38

- Maarty Leunen

Rockets draft pick Leunen is playing in Italy with NGC Cantu. He is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 32 minutes per game, shooting a Maarty Leunen-like 49% from three point range. He's also shooting 65% from two point range, and should perhaps take more shats.

Due to his heritage - a heritage hinted at by his surname - Leunen is eligible for a Dutch passport. And having the passport of a country within the European Union is a great asset to any American basketball player, for it allows them to be counted as a European player, which gets them past the limitations on non-EU players that most leagues have (and therefore, they become more attractive to prospective teams). However, as far as I can tell, Leunen does not have a Dutch passport yet.

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Signed in Italy


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