Former Spurs Forward Robert Horry in a recent Q&A with Slam Magazine chose Kawhi Leonard as the leagues’ Most Valuable Player.
Horry was apart of a Q&A with Slam Magazine and some of the questions asked were about watching the Lakers struggle the past two seasons to his favorite Kobe Bryant moment. He was later asked about the Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry.
There is no doubt that the Warriors are playing at a high-level this season. They are in fact in line to be the winningest team in NBA History. The game has changed tremendously over the years and Horry was asked about which team in the past would give the Warriors a run for their money. His response, “All of Them”.
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The Warriors this season are playing a lot of small ball, and run-and-gun style. Curry is a shooter, bottom line. Definitely not a surprise to anyone. When you can raise up and shoot the ball from anywhere on the court and hit the bottom of the net, that is some talent.
Curry does not take away from what the Warriors are doing this year. He was asked if the Most Valuable Player award was announced today, who did he feel would receive it.
“You know, for me, what Steph [Curry] is doing is amazing, but what Kawhi [Leonard] is doing is amazing, too. Everybody is going to say they (Golden State) have the best record in the league and he’s averaging 30 points a game, but I’m saying to myself that Kawhi’s [on a team with the] second-best record in the league and he’s averaging 26 points a game and he’s playing good D. So, what do you want? You want a guy who’s going to give you strictly O or do you want a guy that’s going to give you strictly offense and great D? I love what [Steph] is doing, but I’d have to give it to Kawhi because he goes at it on both ends of the court—not saying that Steph doesn’t play good defense—but I just think that Kawhi plays a little bit much better D than him and he’s required to play three or four different people on the defensive end. So I’m going to give it to both—co-MVP because Kawhi deserves it as much as Steph does”.
You have to agree with what Horry has to say about Leonard. He has turned into a dominate two-way player in the league, probably the best. When you are asked to shutdown your opponents best player night in and night out and still be a factor on the offensive end, that is a huge advantage.
Through 75 games this season, Leonard has helped San Antonio to a 63-12 record and an NBA Best of 38-0 at home this season. His scoring output has improved tremendously over his last five seasons. This year he is averaging 20.9 points per game while shooting 50-percent from the floor. He also has extended his range as he is ranked second in the league in 3-point hitting 45.8-percent.
Leonard and the Spurs will be back in action on Saturday as they play host to the Toronto Raptors (50-24).