Nigel Broadnax: Is Kawhi Leonard an NBA Superstar?

Posted in Blogroll on April 10th, 2015 by Nigel Broadnax

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On the most recent Bill Don’t Lie podcast, Grantland’s Zach Lowe told Bill Simmons that Kawhi Leonard is without a doubt a top-10 player in the NBA. Lowe is an NBA savant so his judgement on this is certainly one to be taken seriously, but that statement sounds strong upon first hitting the ears.

Despite Kawhi being the reigning Finals MVP for his San Antonio Spurs, the image of a soft-spoken youngster invades your mind when you hear his name. The mere thought of Kawhi Leonard doesn’t give off a top-10 player vibe; It doesn’t feel a like a natural match at this point.

Kawhi was drafted 15th overall in 2011, and it was known then that he could be solid on defense in the pros at the least. So far, he’s more than maxed out his potential as a defender as he is probably the best one among perimeter players.

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