Michael Jordan gave considerable praise to San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard at a basketball camp.
Michael Jordan recently held his basketball camp, and got on the microphone to speak to the kids in attendance. San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, who’s part of the Jordan brand, was brought up in a question to Jordan.
In June, the Jordan brand released a commercial that raised the question, if Leonard could score on himself. So, one of the attendees asked the six-time NBA champion if this was possible, to which he replied (h/t News4SanAntonio.com):
“I don’t know, I assume not. He’s good, he’s a great player, probably the best in the game.”
Then, Jordan upped the ante on his praise of Leonard. He made this statement:
“He is the best two-way player in the game right now.”
It’s quite the words from Jordan, whose praise is enough to get a few heads to turn. With Leonard’s play from the past few seasons, however, he may have earned this.
Leonard is also months removed from a MVP-caliber season, which he finished third in the running for. With another strong campaign in 2017-18, he could cement himself as a perennial MVP candidate and receive similar widespread praise that Jordan provided for him.
Leonard already received praise from Hoops Hype after the 2016-17 season. The site ranked him fourth on their ranking of all the players in the NBA and called him the “best perimeter defender in the NBA.” His offensive rise was also hyped up, as he became a well-rounded player, with an improved shot.
So, maybe Jordan’s praise is just the icing on the cake for Leonard’s rise as a NBA player. He’s grown in every season since his debut in 2011, and could be in line for more this fall.
Is Leonard the NBA’s best two-way player? If not, who is?