After a strong showing in the Pan American Games but a letdown in the FIBA Americas, Leonardo Meindl had a couple of impressive outings against Real Madrid last week. Bauru came up short but put up a good fight against the Euroleague champions in the Intercontinental Cup, winning game one at the buzzer and only losing by 11 in the aggregate.
Meindl was Bauru’s third best player in the series, behind Ricardo Fischer and Rafael Hettsheimeir, and indicated he possesses the physical profile and athleticism to be an option for the European level sometime soon.
The 22-year-old guarded Jonas Maciulus extremely well in the post, holding ground thanks to the strength in his 200-pound frame. Bauru’s coach then had him guarding Sergio Rodriguez and Serio Llull in the second game. Meindl showed adequate lateral mobility to keep pace with Rodriguez one-on-one and agility denying him the ball when he was on the weak-side – face-guarding him as he attempted to come off side screens.
Meindl’s issue on defense is that he is too big to slide around screens, which keeps him from being a very good option to defend point-guards on the pick-and-roll or smaller shooters like Jaycee Carroll darting around pindown screens.
He was attentive to his help responsibilities crashing inside to crowd the lane against the roll man but not in a way that mattered very much, as he didn’t show the ability to pick up an eventual block and help protect the rim.
On offense, Meindl impacts the game with his shooting. He was not asked to come off side screens and shoot on the move, but proved able to get his catch-and-shoot three-point shots off quickly against European athletes closing out to him. Meindl hit three of his five three-point attempts in the two games.
He once again showed to not to be a viable option as a shot creator, though. Even attacking off a live dribble, Meindl proved unable to get separation against Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Llull, failing to get to the basket and finish with any sort of explosiveness. He also couldn’t get by 16-year-old Luka Doncic in isolation or take advantage of Carroll in the post.
His size does lead to a lot of contact and that can potentially become an asset in the future but at this point, he is simply not a real capable player off the dribble. He is a so-so passer on the move but his handle is too loose in traffic, which led to six turnovers in his 52 minutes.
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