Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard (SAS) “The Klaw” jumpmab 

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SAS Forward: 6’7, 230 lbs; 7th year, San Diego State

 NBA Role: two-way superstar • DIFF. BREED

A silent assassin with a Finals MVP trophy already sitting on his mantle, Kawhi’s a coach’s dream: a two-way star w/ an old-school mindset*, Leonard is the (ultra) rare franchise player who works like someone fighting for minutes; fantastic hands, quick feet, discipline & accepting the role of ‘stopper’ (on a nightly basis) has turned Kawhi into THE BEST perimeter defender in the league – reigning (defending), BTB Defensive Player of the Year; has recently added creativity off the dribble (step backs, floaters, etc.) and in the post, making him even tougher to deal with (it’s basically like a full-time version of the 2014 Finals ft. ‘created player’ shooting percentages); superstar dedication – for any young hoopers, Kawhi is the perfect example of a player who turned their biggest weakness (shooting) into a key strength through countless hours in the gym; San Antonio’s undisputed franchise player – is Kawhi ready for the pressure? Of course** – will he lead them to another title? TBD. 

*he’s not out there exchanging numbers, laughing (or smiling for that matter), celebrating – Kawhi shows up, hoops, plays extremely hard & lives w/ the outcome (which is probably a Spurs victory)

**this is Kawhi we’re talking about – not sure if he’s installed the ‘nervous’ chip yet

Signature Shot: turnaround J

(*factory setting*) NBA 2K17 Rating: 93


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Career: 16.4 points/game, 6.2 rebounds/game, 50% FG

NBA Champion (2014) LOB

NBA Finals MVP (2014)

2x All-Star (’16, ’17) starstar

2x Defensive Player of the Year (’15-’16)

More on “the Klaw”

  • “Vice-grip” – Watch out man, Kawhi gonna get you (via FreeDawkins; 2015-2016 season):