DRAFT TRADE: Traded from the Knicks to the Timberwolves in exchange for the draft rights to Mathias Lessort and the Pistons’ 2023 Second Round Pick.
About Leandro Bolmaro
Leandro Bolmaro is a lanky, versatile forward who was thrust into action with Barcelona’s first team this season flashing intriguing potential as a facilitator in limited action at a high level. A bit of a late bloomer whose breakout performance came at the 2017 FIBA U17 South American Championship where he averaged 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2 assists per game, Bolmaro got his first opportunity to compete at the professional level with Weber Bahia in his native Argentina. Competing in the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit, Bolmaro subsequently signed with Barcelona but has spent much of this and last season with their second team in the LEB Gold and Silver. He averaged 10.4 points and 2.7 assists per game last year in the 2nd Division where he figured to play much of this year before injuries forced him into action in the EuroLeague and ACB.
Providing valuable minutes as a point forward, Bolmaro averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 assists over just 11.2 minutes per game displaying an advanced feel for the game against quality competition amid standout performances in the 3rd Division.
- Standing 6-foot-7 with a 185-pound frame that has a lot of room to improve and a 6-foot-8 wingspan, Bolmaro is not especially rangy for a forward, but has excellent size for a facilitator. He is not especially explosive but plays extremely hard and has an advanced feel for the game.
- Playing on the ball quite a bit in his minutes with Barcelona’s first team this season, Bolmaro is a gifted, unselfish passer whose size, craftiness, and ability to play at different speeds give him budding ability as a playmaker. Making set shots at a solid rate with improving mechanics on a higher volume of attempts and finishing creatively in a bigger role in the Spanish 3rd Division, Bolmaro has a promising offensive skill set and a willingness to fill a niche.
- A heady defender with nice size and an intensity beyond his years, Bolmaro held his own in his first real taste of elite competition. He has good instincts in the passing lanes, even if he would benefit from getting stronger.
- Possessing good size and playing with great energy, Bolmaro is a competitive defender with little quit to his game. Though he faced a steep jump in quality of competition, he showed good instincts and fundamentals that should serve him well as his frame matures regularly getting in the passing lanes and making early rotations.
- Doing some little things defensively, Bolmaro is still feeling his way through how to deal with elite athletes one-on-one.
- Began his pro career in 2017-18, making 23 appearances with Argentina’s Bahia Blanca Basket.
- Joined FC Barcelona’s “B” team in 2018-19, averaging 10.4 points in 33 games in Spain’s second division, LEB Gold.
- Made his debut with the first team in 2019-20, competing in both the ACB and EuroLeague.
- Helped Argentina win the silver medal at the 2017 FIBA Under-17 South American Championship.
Competed at the 2019 U-19 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
- Participated in the 2017 Basketball Without Borders Americas Camp in the Bahamas and the 2018 BWB Global Camp in Los Angeles.
- Played his first season with FC Barcelona’s primary team, appearing in 13 games (two starts) across its ACB and EuroLeague schedule.
- Averaged 4.4 points and 0.9 steals in 12.9 minutes in seven games in Spain’s top pro league.
- Joined FC Barcelona’s “B” team for the second consecutive season and averaged 14.6 points, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals in 26.8 minutes in nine games in Spain’s third division, LEB Silver
- Well-rounded athlete with a high motor.
- Has good positional size and creativity.
- Can play on or off the ball.
- Sharp instincts at both ends.
- Has received mentorship and support from fellow Argentine and former NBA player Fabricio Oberto.
- Coached by current Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego at 2017 BWB Americas.
“Leandro is a player who has a lot of attitude, both in attacking and on defense. He is a [two-way player]. He is very skilled with the ball. He is a great scorer. ... He has a great instinct for scoring points. Although he had already been doing well, in the last year he improved a lot.”
-- FC Barcelona second team coach Diego Ocampo
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