The rest of the NBA is starting to take notice of Kawhi Leonard’s greatness. Alvin Gentry, head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, recently made his own comparison.
Since the completion of All-Star weekend, NBA fans have shifted their focus from who should start in the All-Star game to who should win the coveted MVP award.
With about 20 or so games left in the regular season, every game carries significant weight in determining who should be the MVP.
Although they both finished with 39 points, it was Leonard’s 17 fourth quarter points (compared to Harden’s four points) that stole the show late in the game. With the game on the line, Leonard delivered on both ends of the floor.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 7, 2017
Although Leonard is soft-spoken, the rest of the NBA is starting to take notice of his greatness. One of those people is Alvin Gentry, the coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Following the overtime loss against the Spurs, Alvin Gentry had this to say to the San Antonio Express-News:
“You don’t want to say Michael Jordan,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said, “but it is that type of situation where you have a really, really good offensive player and a tremendous defensive player.
“He definitely has to be heavily in the conversation for MVP.”
Michael Jordan, widely considered the best player in the history of the NBA, is usually someone you don’t want to be compared too, because it’ll make you look bad. However, Leonard’s dedication on both sides of the ball warrants some comparisons to some of the greats.
Obviously, Leonard doesn’t have the championships to be anywhere near the conversation with Jordan. Gentry was simply saying that his dominance on both ends of the floor resembles the greatness of Jordan. Not every great player wants to play defense.
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The only difference? Consistency. Leonard is just 25 years old, and has plenty of years to go.
So far, so good.