TJ Leaf Celebrity Life
T.J Leaf is a professional Basketball player having Israeli-American origin. He plays for the Indiana Pacers team of the NBA (National Basketball Association). T.J was born in Tel Aviv, where his father Brad Leaf was a professional Basketball player.
He grew up in Lakeside California after living in Israel for 2.5 years. Before Leaf's high school years, he was coached under his father for summer leagues.
Even though he had the height to play the position of Power Forward, he played around the perimeter to develop of guarding. T.J attended the Foothills Christian High school in El Cajon, California where he played under his father again.
With an average of 4.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 2.7 blocks, 14.2 rebounds and 24.7 points per game, he led his team to the San Diego Section Division II Championships.
While in his senior year, Leaf also earned the Ballislife All American along with McDonald's honors. The USA Today also named him second-team All USA.
Given his innumerable achievements at an early age, he was also awarded the trophy for the runner up position to Ball for Mr. Basketball, California. He ended his high school career as second all-time while playing in the San Diego section with 3,002 points and 1,476 rebounds.
In the 2017 NBA draft, Leaf was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the first round, with the 18th pick overall. He began his professional career in 2017 with the position of a fixture in the team's rotation, achieving an average of 16.2 minutes and five shots per contest, in the first eight games he played.
While his scores were recorded worthy, he faced difficulty in the defense position which resulted in a fall in his playing time when the team coach - Nick McMillan tightened his rotation.
He was then traded to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in December 2017 and scored 23.3 points and 8.3 rebounds at an average in a three-game period, before going back to the Indiana Pacers.
During 2018-2019, Leaf's game time was limited as he was playing behind well-established players like Kyle O'Quinn, Thaddeus Young, Domantas Sabonis, and Myles Turner.
He set a career-high score on February 28th, 2019 with 18 points in a 22-minute game, with a 122-115 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Later, he was forced into the game at an earlier stage after O'Quinn and Turner were in trouble for foul play, as they were guarding Karl-Anthony and held their defense against the All-Star Center.
During the offseason, Leaf worked on improving his jump shots leading to the 2019-2020 game season. As on November 3rd, 2019, he scores 13 points and 15 rebounds which was a career-high for him and getting extra time while playing the position of a backup center in a win against Chicago Bulls.
Contributions to the National Team:
When he was from the U.S Under 19 Junior National Team by coach Miller in 2015, Leaf became a part of Israel Under 18 Junior National Team in July to play the 2015 FIBA Europe Under 18 Championship Division B in Austria.
Even though the country he was representing lost 73-72 in the finals, Leaf was named the most valuable player of the competition as he scored an average of 16.1 points per game with a 55% shooting rate along with 8.4 rebounds in each game for all the nine games that he played.
Awards and Accomplishments:
Throughout his career in basketball, Ty Jacob has been appreciated with various titles such as team all-conference honors in PAC 12, an AP Honorable mention in the NCAA and many more.
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