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From 1 to 35,535: A Yard Longer

The Minnesota Timberwolves' first draft resulted in three players hearing their names called by the new franchise. You can probably recall their first pick ever (#10 in 1989) and possibly the very good choice they made at #38. But are you able to name the player they selected at #34?

He was a center from Missouri, 7'1 and 250 lbs. Played one season in Minnesota before heading briefly to the Hawks and then out of the NBA.

Here he is in college, making like Antoine Winfield:

So now you know - or had your answer confirmed - that I am talking about Gary Leonard (A Yard Longer). His fellow Tiger Anthony Peeler would also eventually end up on the Wolves.

Let's compare minutes played for the Timberwolves:

Gary Leonard - 127

Pooh Richardson (#10 pick in 1989) - 8,657 (#8 highest in franchise history)

Doug West (#38 pick in 1989) - 15,603 (#3)

Anthony Peeler - 10,305 (#5)

I couldn't find much of anything about whatever became of Leonard. Anyone know?

PS - A little useless trivia: Gary Oldman's middle name is Leonard.

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