TJ Leaf has a very high basketball IQ and makes quality decisions. He’s an underrated passer for a player his size and he’s extremely unselfish (averaged 2.4 assists in his one year at UCLA). While not nearly as polished as Kevin Love or Pau Gasol were when they first came into the league, Leaf has similar court vision and instincts. He has a chance to be a terrific playmaker at the power forward position.
Leaf has range and can knock down the open 3-pointer (47 percent from beyond arc in college). While he’s versatile enough to avoid being stuck in a stretch four role, Leaf’s ability to space the floor is why many consider him a lottery choice.
While he needs to add strength and become more balanced when he attacks the paint, Leaf has good footwork and awareness when he puts the ball on the floor. He excels taking slower-footed, methodical defenders off the dribble. He also is very good in transition and more athletic than most think (finishes with dunks regularly).