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Is Kawhi Leonard a top 10 NBA player?

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

  1. napalm06

    napalm06 Huge Flopping Fan

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    Now that you've set that tone, please go ahead and share facts with us that support your case. I'm interested in learning more about Kawhi Leonard.
     
  2. Fefo

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    Where did u got that idea? Since his ussage has gone up he is averaging 19.6 pts on 56% shooting ,and 39% on 3s.

    The spurs didnt extended him because of a strategy with cap, not because they dont think is worth it, they will match anything and give him the max this summer, mark my words.

    I dont think he is a top 10 right now, but top 15 yes, and he can be a top 10. His offense is coming together, yesterday he got only 26 points... on 24 mins. The spurs dont need him to score 35 a night, but i think this year in the playoffs he would break his playoff carreer hight wich is 29 pts in the finals against lebron.
     
  3. anchel

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    Is he better than Hayward?
     
  4. Space City

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    I don't see people mentioning Paul George, Blake Griffin, DeMarcus Cousins, or Dirk, but I would say the first two are definitely better than Kawhi right now (PG's health permitting) and the others may still be better too.

    I think the problem may be that it's difficult for anyone to shine in the system Pop is running right now, so it's difficult to estimate Kawhi's impact.

    One question I've been wondering all season: Would Morey have matched a Chandler Parsons type contract if Kawhi Leonard was the player in question?
     
  5. J.R.

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    http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/04/06/kawhi-leonard-blows-up/#29527101=0
     
  6. napalm06

    napalm06 Huge Flopping Fan

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    ^^ Sounds like the rich man's Trevor Ariza.
     
  7. J Sizzle

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    So basically Paul George
     
  8. Outlier

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    First, I've watched 90% of Spurs game this year. To see him grow over the course of this season has been magnificent. It was rocky at first, terrible at some points, but he has officially learned how to be comfortable with his game.

    He's having more and more games like this:

    http://www.poundingtherock.com/vide...-leonard-score-15-straight-4th-quarter-points

    That's 15 points in the first eight minutes... and right after, Pop benches him for a while because of the big lead. He was hot, and unlike most teams with superstars, you keep feeding your star while he's hot. But the Spurs don't. This is why I scoff when people say he's good because of the Spurs system. It's the exact opposite. Pop actually holds him back and Kawhi lets him because he is unselfish.

    Think of it this way - he's the Duncan of this generation. Duncan's numbers in his prime weren't eye popping like Shaq's, but he was a total game changer. Same with Kawhi.

    The Spurs leader right NOW is Kawhi. They feed him more than the other guys. Everything goes through him. He wrecks it on defense and gets on the fast break and changes the momentum of the game just like that.

    More articles:
    http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/3/23/8275237/kawhi-leonard-lebron-james-atlanta-hawks
    http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/3/30/8310167/new-age-spurs-basketball-kawhi-parker-splitter

    Of course, these articles won't give just how dominant Leonard has been. You just have to see it to believe it. And you will see it soon on the back to back if he plays both games. He has been a total monster on defense, and his offense is most improved too. He's even making Ginobili passes now:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWQ5pDQ1wOM

    Again, you have to see it to believe it.
     
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  9. CCorn

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    Can I trust him to get me a bucket?

    No.

    No.
     
  10. Outlier

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    He is miles better than Trevor Ariza, and their games don't even resemble each other. You guys will eat your words. And I won't feel bad when Kawhi destroys us during the playoffs.

    Paul George has a totally different game too.
     
  11. WinkFan

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    Yeah, because we all know that a guy's best 20 game stretch defines his career.
     
  12. AirBud#10

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    Kawhi is better than Parker and Klay for sure. He's not top 10, but he's probably top 15.
     
  13. Outlier

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    There's a difference between a hot streak and a player actually "getting it". Kawhi's one of the hardest workers in the league, so he's the latter.
     
  14. HouStu_Rocket

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    Okay, buddy :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm still not sold on his offensive game, but he's without question the best defensive player in the NBA.
     
  16. WinkFan

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    You probably shouldn't use the word "us" if you are not a Rockets fan.
     
  17. saleem

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    In my opinion yes.
     
  18. javal_lon

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    Top 10 players bring are generally superstars.. He's no superstar....
     
  19. Aleron

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    he has a case for it, without question? nah, there's maybe 6 or 7 guys who are "without question", might be next year though
     
  20. FTW Rockets FTW

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    Mook Morris is better though

    I puke a little everytime I think that we could have had Kawhi and Harden on the wings for years. Perfect complement to each other
     

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