San Diego State Product Kawhi Leonard has become one of the best young players in the NBA. Leonard has made the City of San Diego very proud. This article is going to recap Leonard’s final series against the Miami Heat.
“Nobody expected him at this young age to play the way he has through the whole playoffs. He really is a star in the making. He’s just beginning to feel what he has. He’s like a little baby learning how to walk, as far as NBA basketball is concerned…” – Coach Popovich.
Coach Pop, I expected that Kawhi Leonard will be playing at this level of ball. Everyone who watched Kawhi mature at San Diego State knew what he was capable of. On June 6th 2013 Leonard became the first San Diego State Aztec to ever play in an NBA Finals game. The radio host’s in Miami would laugh at the thought of a 21-year-old player playing in his first ever NBA Finals guarding one of the best players in the history of the game LeBron James.
Kawhi Leonard played the best defense series against James that he could. James was frustrated when being guarded by Leonard as James could not get the easy layups. Leonard was not afraid to attack the boards to steal rebounds away from James.
Our Coverage of Kawhi Leonard during the NBA Finals.
Our senior editor Eric Anderson wrote a series of articles on the match up between Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James.
Article One: The Key to Defending LeBron James (LINK)
Article Two: LeBron James vs. Kawhi Leonard: Revisited (LINK)
Our CEO and Founder David Frerker was a guest on Talk Now San Antonio with Chris Duel (Spurs Net Center broadcasts pregame, game and post game on WOAI Radio). Watch or listen to the interview on Kawhi Leonard (LINK).
Kawhi Leonard NBA Finals Stats
Game 1: 35 min
Game 2: 33 min
Game 3: 29 min
Game 4: 33 min
Game 5: 33 min
Game 6: 46 min
Game 7: 45 min
Kawhi Leonard Video Highlights
Leonard vs. The BigThree
The Big Three throughout the season for the San Antonio Spurs was Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. This post season Kawhi Leonard cemented his name as one of the best young players in the NBA. This next graph will show the NBA Finals average statistics for all seven games for Leonard and the Spurs big three.
These are some quotes about Kawhi Leonard’s play.
“I still don’t know what Kawhi Leonard sounds like. He a silent assassin.” – Dwyane Wade
Kawhi Leonard is more of a man than you are.
— ESPN (@espn) June 19, 2013
LeBron and Kawhi have both played 35 minutes, most in the game. And yes, I’m giving Kawhi first-name-only status. He’s balling.
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) June 21, 2013
I can’t say enough about Kawhi Leonard’s poise. He’s playing great on the biggest stage at 21. He’s younger than some 2013 draft prospects.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 21, 2013
Love that Kawhi Leonard is being introduced on the national stage. Us #Aztecs have known about his talent for years.
— David Brickley (@DavidjBrickley) June 21, 2013
So Kawhi Leonard is the future of the Spurs. That much is clear.
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) June 19, 2013
— #SDSDomination (@SanDiego_Sports) June 21, 2013
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