5. Kawhi Leonard; 10 (0)
- 25.9 PPG (8)
- 1.8 STL (7)
- 89.9 FT % (6)
- 39.5 3P % (31)
- 25.7 EFF (10)
Those were the words of veteran and former NBA champion Jason Terry, a guy who doesn’t throw compliments around too loosely. Kawhi Leonard has earned all of the praise heaped on him, and then some.
“He’s the best two-way player in our game. He’s somewhat what Scottie Pippen was, but he has no Michael Jordan. He is Michael Jordan for the San Antonio Spurs.”
– Jason Terry on Leonard, News 4 San Antonio
In Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs have found themselves a wing version of Tim Duncan: a multi-faceted superstar with an anti-superstar personality, who’s fully committed to Gregg Popovich’s system.
Leonard’s offensive game has grown every season and he’s always been an elite defender, capable of guarding 1-3, and sometimes even the four. Between him and LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio is in good hands post-Duncan, and will carry on well after Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are gone.
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) February 18, 2017