Jun 16, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts after scoring against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter of game five in the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT
Kawhi Leonard | A player that shows little emotion but that does not account for the talent that he has now and what he could become in the future for the San Antonio Spurs. Kawhi Leonard shined on both sides of the court throughout the finals, and big things are expected from the 22-year-old in 2013-14. Leonard averaged a solid line of 13.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game during the 2012-13 regular season, and while guarding some of the best scorers in the league throughout the playoffs, Leonard still tallied 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per contest.
He could be that go-to player that the Spurs will go to during the season. A lot of the attention will be on Parker and Duncan as it has always been so this is the prime time for Leonard to take advantage of the double teams that are forced on both players. He has a quick step and has shown that he can finish on the break and at the rim. What I feel Leonard needs to work on more is his outside shooting. Not a great shooter, he is still young and Chip English will surely be working hard with him during the offseason, I can see Leonard coming back with more confidence in his jumper. Another facet to his game that has really stuck out during the Spurs run through the playoffs is his ability to rebound the basketball and score inside off of put-backs. His aggression and will to get to the ball when a shot is put up is what Spurs fans all around love seeing. Defensively, he has it. Leonard with his wing span can cover a lot of ground quickly. He has proven time and time again that if he is down on the block and sees a ball swung around to the outside, he will be in your face in an instance. He is the energy player for the Spurs and will need to continue to do so.