The San Antonio Spurs has the best frontcourt in the NBA with Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard. But what many NBA fans fell to realize is that the best player in that unit has never fully gotten the respect he deserves.
Aldridge has led teams in the past and so has Gasol but this is Leonard’s team. Mainstays like Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are still there but their time has come and gone. Leonard is already regarded as one of the best defensive players but where is the same respect for his offensive game?
Last season Leonard averaged per 21 points and this year he will only improve. Some believe, with the addition of Gasol that may take away from his numbers but it’s quite the opposite. While the Spurs will run their offense through the post the ball will still find itself in Leonard’s hand the most.
For all the respect that Aldridge and Gasol gets they are not capable of creating their own shots. Leonard can handle the ball like a PG, has a pretty decent perimeter game and is unselfish enough not to ignore teammates with a better shot. This is the Spurs. The same team that watched as David Robinson handed the torch to Tim Duncan, just as Duncan now has given the keys to Leonard.[embedit snippet=”2″]
Can he handle the pressure?
Yes he can. Gregg Popovich is a master at creating opportunities for his team. For instance, how many times has the media written off the Spurs to contend due to the ages of their top players. Then to look up at season’s end and find the Spurs at 55-60 games every year.
This is not luck. The is a team that believes the concept of team comes before all, but make no mistakes about it, every team has a leader and for the 2016-17 season that leader is Leonard.
All the talk for MVP has been focused on Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James but it’s Leonard that can easily sneak up and snatched that hardware out the hands of said players mentioned above.
He has the skill-set to do as much and with Pop ready to unleash his star player without any restrictions we may be in for a treat this year.