Next to Perk, my favorite player on this team is Leon Powe. You just have to pull for this kid. If you aren't familiar with his story, check out the profile on him here. He has overcome a lot to be here and he works very hard to stay here. I knew when I read stories of how hard he works that he would be a good player and I was hoping that it would be for the Celtics.
Tonight on Sports Tonight, Mike Gorman said that Leon has had one of the best players in camp. He even said that he would put him up there in the top 3 as far as performance so far. Mike also said that Leon has won the admiration of KG and Ray Allen. This is really good news. Last season, Leon didn't see much playing time, but every time he got on the court, good things seemed to happen. Mike seemed to think that Leon had solidified his position on the team with this camp.
Not only Mike Gorman has singled out Leon as one of the best players in camp, but Danny Ainge also mentions Leon along with Pruit as having one of the better camps in this interview on Comcast SportsNet. No one works harder than Leon Powe and it is paying off for him in his second season as a Celtic.
In the footage from practice that they have been showing on Comcast, almost every segment has a Leon Powe rebound and put back in it. He plays very hard and will give us a rebounder and intimidator on the second unit. He has been a beast on the offensive boards and this is something that the Celtics will need this season. We have a lot of scorers and having a player who can clean up the boards and get points off rebounds will be a big plus.
In order for this team to win, we have to have a strong bench. Hearing such great things about Leon is very exciting and goes a long way toward giving us a strong bench. I have a feeling that Leon is one of the big reasons that the white team beat the green team several times during camp and is going to be a big reason that the Celtics come out winners this season.
In case you missed it, here is the video interview from Leon on media day from the crack staff at Perkisabeast.