Watch Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs take part in the latest Jordan Brand commercial.
Kawhi Leonard’s name made headlines for Michael Jordan’s high praise of him. Jordan called the San Antonio Spurs star the “best two-way player right now.” It came after His Airness was asked the “If Kawhi could score on Kawhi?” question from a previous Jordan Brand commercial, as Leonard is part of the company.
The comments drew plenty of reaction, given that it came from one of the NBA’s legends. Some supported this notion, while others attributed it to just Jordan supporting a member of his brand.
Well, the latest Jordan Brand came out on Tuesday and featured Leonard. It had him practice in a gym, with the words “fame,” “awards,” and “stats” crossed off. After he hit a shot, “RE2PECT ABOVE ALL” flashed.
The full 30-second ad can be viewed below:
— Jordan (@Jumpman23) August 8, 2017
“Fame,” “stats,” and “awards,” are all things Leonard accomplished in the NBA. The MVP has alluded him, but that may not be far behind, either, based on his play from the 2016-17 season. Respect will only continue to be earned as he continues his high-level play.
It’s another way of getting Leonard exposure, as he continues his rise as one of the NBA’s top players. It nearly resulted in the aforementioned MVP award, which went to Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and his historic season. James Harden of the Houston Rockets finished second.
By the summer of 2018, these Jordan Brand commercials could feature the MVP award-winning Leonard, of course, pending how the 2017-18 season plays out. He’s climbed in every season, statistically, however, so could this be the next phase for him by the following summer?
Leonard’s fame will continue to rise. It’s not only due to the association with the Jordan Brand, but the play on the court as he takes over the San Antonio franchise.