Ranking former Spurs by who will shine brightest in the 2023 Playoffs

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1. Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard
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Last but certainly not least is every Spurs fan's favorite villain, Kawhi Leonard. Leonard is the only Spur on this list with an imposing nickname, The Klaw. Some of you may not think that matters. You would be wrong. After finishing the season shooting 51.2% from the floor and 41.6% from 3, the Suns should be ready to receive all they can handle from the Clippers despite Paul George's injury.

Since early December, Leonard has mostly only missed games on the first or second leg of back-to-backs. After sitting out the entire 2021-22 season, this is a welcome development for basketball fans league-wide. Few players perform at a high level as consistently and effortlessly as The Klaw. I expect him to have his massive fingerprints all over the floor on both ends as he tries to outshine Kevin Durant, which will be necessary for the Clippers to pull off the upset.

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