This guy has a been a steal for the spurs this year. He fits right into their system with his defense and rebounding. From watching him play the kings tonight.. it looks like his jumper has got a lot better as he hit 3 three pointers with 19 points and 9 rebounds. I feel that the spurs our serious title consenters he continues to get better as the year goes on and it helps that they added stephen jackson too. a side note.. the dude might have the biggest hands in the league lol
IDK if he was a steal. They traded for him and he was the 10th pick.. So people knew he was pretty good.. The only think I have against him is his tendancy to disappear in some games.. Yeah, he has good games every now and then but occasionaly, he gets 2 or 3 rebounds and doenst really score..
I like him for the future and I think he will be pretty good but he isnt a go to guy. He can be a starting SF for a great team.
your right but it looks like he's starting to be more consistent on a night to night basis. he's never going to be a go to guy but looking back i think it was the right move to trade for george hill. When i originally saw the pick I very skeptical about if leonard could actually contribute and be a factor for the spurs
We knew that Leonard was going to be a heck of a player in the league. I don't know of he qualifies as a steal. A steal to me is Chandler Parsons from the Rockets. He is going to be a good defender in this league and he can do a little bit of everything offensively except shoot FT's.
I liked it at the time simply because it was new blood to the Spurs.. I know they are good but I get tired of seeing the same people.. Some young blood and athleticism is what they needed.
He was the 15th pick and at this rate I wouldn't have minded the Pacers keeping him since Hill has hardly been healthy. He is by far my fave rookie and i really hope he becomes an All-Star at some point.
On a lot of big boards coming up to the draft... I was a little skeptical of him because I thought he had the athleticism but not the skill to play sf in the nba ... I won't lie, I kinda thought he would be a bust and did not think that he would get as much playing time as he has this year... That said I thought the trade the spurs made was prudent and put him in a situation where he could really grow. Parsons was much more of a steal.. But even he flirted with the first round, he just had the misfortune of being though of as in athletic so no team bit on him... Of course the biggest steal was isiah Thomas ...seeing him in the PAC ten tourney and march madness last year, you knew he was a pro baller ... Kings got real lucky he fell that far
he is most def a steal...i remember all the mock drafts had him going top 5...he kept falling until the Spurs traded George Hill for him...great trade, ive always been a big fan of Kawhi's
Chad Ford and quite a few others had him going 6 or 7th in the draft. Others had concerns if he would be anything more than a role / energy type guy.
As soon as the Spurs traded for him I was like "ah-ha" as the spurs generally make good decisions. They must have known something...
The Spurs organization are good at eying talent. Trade for Leonard this year. Signed Gary Neal last year along with Spanish MVP Tiago Splitter coming over from Spain after being drafted in 2007. They pick up DeJaun Blair in the early second round the year before that who's played solid. They just know how to pick em
Kawhi is great and all. But of all the young talent in this game, Isaiah Thomas stole the show. 11-19 from the field 3-9 from 3, 3-3 ft, 4 rebounds, 10 assists (with only 3 T/O), and 28 points. The little man has big game and really showed it, definitely the steal of the draft. Looking down the Sacramento roster there are a lot of players that could be quality starters in 3-4 years if not sooner, Evans, Cousins, Thomas, Jimmer, Honeycutt, Thompson(who has been playing very well lately) even Williams. They have to like their future going forward.
The Kings liked their future before the season even began, but they still just can't put it together. At the end of the day, MATURITY is the one thing they seriously lack. They have a handful of selfish, hardheaded young guys who have all the talent in the world, just can't put it all together. Absolutely no chemistry with this team 80%+ of the time.
As a Cavs fan, obviously I want them to put it together so we can get their draft pick. But if they don't get a better/veteran coach in there (look at what Adelman has done w/ Wolves), then they may not win for a longgggg time.
You could do a decent job drafting just figuring out who the Spurs liked and then going after them. No team does more with less draft pick wise.
good idea, except you can't do it. Spurs have the tighest lipped organization in the league.
Kawhi was definitely a steal at 15. But Spurs had to give up George Hill, so is a talented player. They loved him too.
Kawhi is already very efficient on both ends. I think he has star potential.
So whats Kawhi's ceiling as a player in the league? A starter guy who goes to a few All-star games? An All-star caliber player?
The guy has alot of upside and a good work ethic so anything is possible.
It's easy to like him, he does a little of everything and has that blue-coller type mentality which will make him a firm fan favourite in San Antonio. It just seemed like another typically great move by the Spurs, eventhough they had to give up Hill, who was starting to really show that he could be a productive player they got Leonard and have their small forward position in good health for years to come.
I'm not sure that he is the steal, i think Parsons is going to be the steal, once he figures out how to get to the free throw line ten times a game, he'll be a 20ppg scorer easily. Back to Leonard, he's a steal and should be one of the Spurs' major players soon.
Leonard was a consensus late top 10 pick last year and I'd assume that when he started falling, the Spurs decided to try and make a move for him. With Grainger and George, his opportunities at the Pacers could have been limited so the move was good for both teams.
The Spurs above anyone else do due dilligence on a draft and Leonard was gone into an excellent set up with lots of experience and so will get used to the play-offs a lot quicker than other rookies.
He gives the Spurs a decent piece to their rebuilding which they are quietly doing whilst Duncan is still there.
He's an excellent athlete with so much room to grow. It's not hard to see him as a potential All Star. His floor, at this point, is very good starter barring injury or other happenstance.
"once he figures out how to get to the free throw line ten times a game, he'll be a 20ppg scorer easily"- Thats a lot easier said than done, not many players can get to the line 10 times in a game...
At one point Leonard was said to be possibly drafted at 5. I think since the Spurs were able to move up and grab him in a sense he was a steal because I am pretty sure Spurs may have thought he would be gone. They got a legit starter and they originally would have been picking late in the draft. Spurs know how to draft so well. I have to respect that. I wish other teams had good management like the Spurs have. They rarely screw up on draft picks. They even sign free agents nobody hears of that wind up playing well.
10 attempts a game?? Do you know how many people are shooting 10 fouls shots a game this year??
Its Dwight Howard.. People dont get 10 foul shots a game.. Howard gets it because people would rather foul him than let him dunk..
If he was getting 10 foul shots a game from the guard spot, he would probably be averaging 30 points a game.. Thats never gonna happen...
I loved it when the Spurs traded George Hill of Kawhi Leonard. When I found out, I was like " Yes, their future looks bright again. I hope the Spurs can do a repeat of the 2011 Draft and grab Tony Wroten.
With as many holes as he has, Wroten would be a pretty decent fit on the spurs coming on with the second unit... What is his attitude like on and off the court. The spurs don't really draft poor character guys, aside from stephen jackson...
My bad, that was a typo, i meant to say ten times in* a game, it's amazing how ridiculous a statement sounds when you have missed out a word or two....