Kawhi Leonard is almost as good at being underrated as he is at playing defense and not caring about being underrated. He’s still often called a system player, which is stupid for two reasons.
The first reason being that he’s on the San Antonio Spurs, which is a basketball team, which thus runs a system. Every basketball player is a system player to a certain degree. Michael Jordan was a system player in the Triangle offense.
The second reason being that Kawhi is very very good at pretty much everything that’s important to NBA forwards, so much so that he would likely be flourishing in just about any system out there.
Leonard averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks per game with the Spurs last year, in his first-ever All-Star season. He shot 50.6 percent from the field and 44.3 percent from three-point range. With the best two players in the West on the same team, Kawhi might quietly have a shot at MVP this season.
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