NBA general managers have conducted their annual surveys and, as expected, some people are happy with the results while others are not. If you’re a Warriors or Clippers fan, you’ll definitely enjoy most of what you see. However, there was one small category that will shock Clippers fans.
When ranking the best small forwards in the NBA, Leonard was actually ranked fifth. The rankings went as follows: Kevin Durant (45%), Jayson Tatum (24%), Luka Doncic (17%), LeBron James (10%) and Kawhi Leonard (3%). Kawhi Leonard in the 2022-23 NBA season somewhat resembles Steph Curry in the 2021-22 season. The one where he spent so much of the season before getting injured that analysts forgot how good they are. It will take a terrific regular season and playoffs for critics to remember just how good Kawhi Leonard is.
Kawhi Leonard also received a few votes for Best Defensive Player in the NBA, but failed to make the top three, however, he was ranked the 3rd best perimeter defender in the NBA at 10%. Finally, Kawhi Leonard was tied for 3rd as the most versatile player in the NBA. Giannis Antetokounmpo was first (59%), LeBron James was second (21%), Kawhi Leonard was tied for third with Kevin Durant at 7%.
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It’s going to be very interesting to see Kawhi Leonard play basketball this year. Although he’s not usually the type of player to have a chip on his shoulder, this would definitely be the year for him to show it.
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