Alright, so Kawhi Leonard is an intriguing presence in the NBA. He is a 2 time NBA champion and 2x Finals MVP. Yet, for some reason he doesn’t draw much attention despite being a superstar.
3 years back he won the championship and the Finals MVP with the Toronto Raptors and left the franchise to play for LA Clippers, LA being his hometown. Currently, he is recovering from an ACL tear and we expect him to come back this season after he missed the last season.
Kawhi and the Clippers lost to the Denver Nuggets blowing a 3-1 lead in the playoffs in 2020. In 2021 playoffs, Kawhi suffered the ACL injury playing against the Utah Jazz. The Clippers were able to win the rest of the series without him and were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals.
Kawhi is not the type of player to pile up stats. One may look at his stats and dismiss him if they hadn’t seen him play before. Kawhi is the type of player who does what is required to win. He will get your team to win when you need it the most. Of course, there are certain exceptions where in he has not performed as expected for example his performance in 2020 playoffs when the Clippers lost despite having a 3-1 lead.
Kawhi’s style of play has derived comparisons from Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Kawhi has several skills in his arsenal. He is a defensive monster while also possessing an offensive skillset. His foot work, ability to create his own shots, fade-away jumpers etc are amazing.
He has a great legacy too. He is 2-time NBA champion and 2x Finals MVP. He has yet to win a regular season MVP though I believe that is not really his goal. His 2019 run was notably the greatest run in his career(at least till now) when he defeated the Golden State Warriors. Who would’ve thought that the Golden State dynasty would come an end to like that. Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles tear in the only game that he played against the Raptors. Meanwhile, it was in the same series that Klay Thompson tore his ACL too.
Kawhi has one of the most interesting stories in the NBA. He was part of the San Antonio Spurs squad back in 2017. They were facing the Golden State Warriors(fully stacked at that time) and were winning the Game 1 against them. Kawhi, being the star of his team ended up with an injury and was taken out of the game. San Antonio lost the game and the series. Meanwhile Kawhi was out for the series, and he only played 9 games the next season.
Later on, he came back to avenge is loss against Golden State and won the 2019 championship with the Toronto Raptors.
Do I think Kawhi can win a championship again? I think that is an interesting question. I really do hope he wins another title. He is 31 years of age as of now. He has great teammates in Paul George and John Wall. I think it will be interesting if they contend for a title. Knowing Kawhi, he is definitely not done yet. I know he plays hard to win and he is definitely serious about winning more titles in his career. I hope he is back healthy and I think it will be interesting to see the Clippers contend for a title. Let me know your opinion in the comment section. Do you guys think the Clippers can win a title?