Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Leslie Named D-League Player of the Month

Great honor for Travis Leslie. 

Dawg fans no doubt remember that Leslie has tremendous hops.  Don't think I've ever seen a play quite like Leslie's dunk over Demarcus Cousins (in UGA's game against Kentucky at Rupp Arena). 

There was some concern over how Travis would fare after he left UGA early to go to the NBA.  He didn't play much last season after getting drafted by the Golden State Warriors.  Then at the beginning of this year, the Warriors cut him.  To make matters worse, Leslie had to work hard to rehab from an injury.

Well, the video below shows that Travis can still play at a high level.  He's still posterizing big men.  Still playing great defense.  On one play he leaps from just inside the free throw line on the steal and flush.

Travis will compete in the D-League Slam Dunk Contest tomorrow night.


Notwithstanding the dunks, perhaps a more impressive part of Leslie's performance has been his all-around game.  Shooting 55 percent from the field, 43 percent on threes, leading his team in rebounds.

With all his athleticism, Travis never showboats.  He smiles when teammates celebrate, but other than that, he almost looks unimpressed.  Great teammate.  Player of the Month.  Yeah, he'll get called up.

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