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Is Kawhi Leonard a top 10 NBA player?

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by TheresTheDagger, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. zyt

    zyt Member

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    in spurs he might be, so yes he should be regarded as 1

    performing well regardless of situation is too much to ask, nobody can carry the likes of lakers or knicks
     
  2. Fefo

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    I dont think you know what u are talking about. He can score for himself, he is no longer a spot up shooter. And his defense is better than all of those guys, so i think he is really good, not as good as Kd, lebron, ad or harden, but for sure getting closer to them each day.
     
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    1. LeBron
    2. Harden
    3. Westbrook
    4. Anthony Davis
    5. Curry
    6. Durant
    7. Chris Paul
    8. Kawhi
    9. Blake
    10. Cousins
     
  4. sleepyazn

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    Kawhi became top ten to me when he spanned through Durant while Westbrook was trying to steal the ball and dunked on Serge Ibaka all during the same play last year in the Western Conference Finals.
     
  5. mingthething

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    KD, is that you? sorry bout your injury and your team not making the playoffs, but, c'mon man. You said this last year.
     
  6. don grahamleone

    don grahamleone Contributing Member

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    Do top 10 players go 5-13 for 13 points in a game 7? What about playing so well for your team that needs you to produce then your +/- is -6? Just curious what all you spurs fans on a rockets web site think. Enjoy the downfall.
     
  7. Liberon

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    The clock operator probably ruined Leonard's legacy with his hiccup...
     
  8. TheresTheDagger

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    So, today I wonder what Zach Lowe has to say about Kawhi's performance?

    (HEAVY sarcasm).
     
  9. LabMouse

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    Top 10? Maybe not in top 20 yet.
     
  10. napalm06

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    I very much appreciate defensive players in the NBA, but a defensive player who is also decent at offense has never been known to "carry" a team. And that's what a top 10 guy has to do.

    Kawhi is great and I'd take him on my team all day every day. But I think the top 10 label is unfair.

    Any examples of primarily defensive players who have lead a team as the best player on the team?
     
  11. marky :)

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    Orland Magic Dwight?
     
  12. MacYao223

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    He definitely came down to earth towards the end of the Clippers series. Who knows, maybe chasing CP3 around tired him out a bit.? Also Matt Barnes did a solid job on him defensively games 5-7.

    Offensively he is definitely limited. His shot is naturally very flat so not much margin of error. His handles are pretty limited to straight line drives, whereas a guy like Paul George can do a little more. He doesn't post up enough, probably because he doesn't have enough post moves. In any case, still a close to max player, but he does have some improvements to make on offense.
     
  13. mfastx

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    They jumped the gun with this top 10 stuff. He had a really nice stretch though. He'll prob be ranked in the top 20 next season though (he was 24 this year).
     
  14. BossHogg713

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    Hes def not top 10 yet.
     
  15. don grahamleone

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    Uh, they kind of definitely completely unquestionably ran the offense thru him.
     
  16. daoshi

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    If you just go by the numbers on offense, then No. But if you go by the total impact on the game, he is definitely in top 10, maybe even top 5.

    I'd put James as #1, Durant a distant #2, then you have several players below those two, Davis, Curry, Harden, Westbrook, etc. Kawhi is right up there with those guys.
     
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    Where was he Game 7? Yet he shoulders NONE of the blame for the Spurs losing. Good Lord, people are still raving about the guy as a top 5 player? Just stop.
     
  18. DrNuegebauer

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    He's a top 10 SF in the NBA, no doubt about that, but on the same tier as Davis, Curry, Westbrook, Harden :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  19. roslolian

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    LMAO how much did Zach Lowe brainwash you? If Kawhi was so good how come it was Tim Duncan who had been carrying the Spurs this playoff run? Kawhi is already a star but making him top 5 is downright ridiculous. You think he's better than Dwight? Get outta here :rolleyes:
     

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