TJ Leaf has played 111 games (one start) in his two seasons with the Pacers and has averaged 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds over 8.8 minutes per game. He has shot 51.1 percent from the field and 61.7 percent from three-point range over his career.
2017-18: He was selected by the Pacers with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Leaf played 53 games during his rookie season and averaged 2.9 points and 1.5 rebounds over 8.7 minutes per game. Leaf scored in double figures four times, including two of the first four games of his NBA career. He tied for the team lead and finished with
a season-high 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting to go with four rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench against the Trail Blazers, 10/20. He scored 15 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 from three-point range, and set a season high with six rebounds in the win over the Bulls, 1/6. He played three games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants while on assignment in the G League and averaged 23.3 points and 8.3 rebounds and shot 57.4 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three-point range. Leaf missed six games due to injury: one with a sore left ankle (Nov. 5), two with a right ankle sprain (Jan. 26-27) and three with a sore left calf (Feb. 9-14).
2018-19: Leaf made 58 appearances and one start in his second NBA season and averaged 3.9 points and 2.2 rebounds over 9.0 minutes per game. He shot 54.1 percent from the field, 25.8 percent from 3-point range and 61.3 percent from the free throw line during the regular season. He scored in double figures five times. Leaf made his first career start, set career highs and recorded his first NBA double-double as he led the Pacers with 28 points on 12-for-19 shooting to go with 10 rebounds in the win at Atlanta, 4/10. He scored 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting in the win over Minnesota, 2/28. He finished with 12 points as he shot 5-for-7 from the field in 15 minutes off the bench at Washington, 1/30. He added 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in only 11 minutes off the bench at Boston, 3/29. Leaf sprained his left ankle in the season-opener against Memphis, 10/17, and missed the next three games (Oct. 18-22).
2017-18: He played in one game during Indiana’s First Round series against Cleveland. He played the final four minutes In Indiana’s Game 6 win over Cleveland, 4/27.
2018-19: Leaf cored two points and grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench in his only appearance of Indiana’s series against Boston in Game 1, 4/14.
2015: Leaf competed for Israel’s National Team in the 2015 FIBA U-18 European Championships. He earned tournament MVP honors after averaging 16.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while leading Israel to a second-place finish.
He started 35 games and helped the Bruins reach the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 during his freshman season at UCLA in 2016-17. He led UCLA in scoring with an average of 16.3 points to go with 8.3 rebounds, 2.4 assist and 1.1 blocks per game...Earned First Team All-Pac 12 honors and ranked seventh in the conference in scoring, ninth in rebounding and second in field goal percentage at 61.7 percent on the year. He was one of five national finalists for the Karl Malone Award honoring the nation’s best power forward. He scored in double figures in 32 of his 35 starts with 10 games of 20 or more points and 11 double-doubles. Leaf scored a season-high 32 points to go with 14 rebounds in a win over Washington State on Feb. 1. He recorded 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in his first ever college game in a home victory over Pacific on Nov. 11.
Born Ty Jacob Leaf in Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 30, 1997, he is the son of Brad and Karen Leaf. Brad Leaf starred at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. He was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 146th overall pick in the seventh round of the 1982 NBA Draft before playing professionally for 17 years in Israel. Leaf has two older brothers, Trent and Troy, and two younger sisters, Talia and Heaven. His brother Troy began his college basketball career at UC-Santa Barbara before transferring and finishing as a Division II All-American at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Leaf was named a 2016 McDonald’s All-American after he averaged 28.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.2 steals per game as a senior at Foothills Christian High School while playing under his father as head coach.