Kawhi Leonard helped lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 44-20 record before the NBA season was shut down due to COVID-19. Nonetheless, it looked as if the two-time NBA champ could have reached his second straight Finals.
With all that Kawhi has accomplished he will most likely be a Hall of Fame player one day.
Leonard already has two titles and two Finals MVP trophies to his credit. The Claw has also been named Defensive Player of the Year twice during his nine-year career.
Kickin’ It to High Gear
When Kawhi Leonard got to the Toronto Raptors he made them a contender for the NBA Finals.
Yes, they went 59-23 during the 2017-18 season, but they were swept by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With Kawhi, the Raptors beat Orlando in five games and edged Philadelphia in seven games thanks to a Kawhi buzzer-beater.
Then, Toronto captured three straight games to knock off Milwaukee after trailing 2-1.
The Raptors would go on to win their first championship in franchise history when they beat Golden State in six games.
After Leonard left Toronto and signed a three-year, $103 million contract with the Clippers, the Raptors would not be the same club to say the least.
Saddled Up in San Antonio
Kawhi Leonard rose to the occasion during the 2014 NBA Finals and guided a veteran San Antonio Spurs team.
After being tied at 1 in the Finals, Kawhi lit up the scoreboard with 29 points in Game 3.
He then posted 20 points and 14 rebounds in Game 4, which gave the Spurs a 3-1 advantage.
Kawhi shined as a 22-year old on the biggest stage against the Heatles.
Some might know Leonard as the NBA star who has a weird laugh, but he is arguably the best player in the game today.
In a world where people can’t get enough of LeBron James, Kawhi has proven he isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with him.
Getting Even Better
Kawhi Leonard averaged roughly 14 points per game during the 2014 playoffs.
But he’s been more of a factor in his team’s success recently.
Last season, Leonard averaged over 30 points per contest and had just over nine boards per game as well.
He’s also averaged over 26 points per game in each of the last two regular seasons, which he never did before.
The highest scoring average for Leonard as when he had 25.5 PPG during the 2016-17 campaign.
A big question people might have is whether or not Kawhi will play more games.
The three-time All-NBA player has only played 66 or more games just three times in his nine-year career.
To Kawhi’s credit he did participate in 51 games for the Clippers this season.
So who knows maybe The Claw could have played another 15 games or so if the coronavirus didn’t show up.
If Kawhi can play more games per season and continue to score at a high level, he could end up a top-15 scorer all-time.
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