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Kawhi Leonard Silent Assassin

SDSU vs. UNLV Men's Basketball. Photo Credit CEO David Frerker

SDSU vs. UNLV Men's Basketball.  Photo Credit CEO David Frerker

SDSU vs. UNLV Men’s Basketball.
Photo Credit CEO David Frerker

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 Points Rebounds Blocks Steals Assists
1 10 10 0 1 1
2 9 14 0 1 2
3 14 12 0 4 2
4 12 7 2 1 0
5 16 8 0 3 1
6 22 11 0 3 0
7 19 16 1 1 1

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.

Athlete Points Rebounds Turnovers Steals
Kawhi Leonard 14.5 11.1 1 2
Tony Parker 15.7 2.1 2.1 1
Tim Duncan 18.8 12.1 2.7 0.8
Manu Ginobili 11.5 2.1 3.1 0.5

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

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About DavidSDSU (946 Articles)
I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 6 years. I have blogged for FanSided 150 (Recruiting Website), FanSided's SDSU Site (Surf The Spear which is no longer online) and have written guest blogs on SDSU. I have been a guest on all San Diego Sports Radio stations ( ESPN 1700 San Diego, Mighty 1090 and Xtra Sports 1360). My articles have been linked to news websites all over the United States. I run this website in my spare time for fun. At my day job I am a Sports Social Media Editor for STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry.

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