Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant are proving why they are top tier players in the NBA during these playoffs.
Kevin Durant is averaging 35.4 points, on 52.5% shooting, 5.2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. Durant has had an amazing run in this year’s playoffs, so far. There’s a negative and positive about Durant joining the Warriors, mainly this season. Yes, Durant joined a former unanimous MVP in Stephen Curry, a DPOY in Draymond Green, and one of the best two-way players in Klay Thompson, but Durant has been the main reason why the Warriors have looked dominant in these playoffs. Curry has not been himself for the most part of these playoffs, Draymond Green has played much better than he did during the regular season, and Klay Thompson has been consistent on both ends of the ball, for the most part.
The question is if Durant goes to the Knicks next season or a team with only one star, will he still be unguardable, for the most part? Defenders need to worry about the greatest shooter of all-time in Stephen Curry, one of the best shooters of all-time in Klay Thompson, and one of the greatest scorers the game has ever seen in Kevin Durant. If there weren’t any stars or a superstar alongside Durant, the attention would be fully turned to him, just like it’s been turned to Kawhi Leonard. Durant may not be as dominant if the attention is solely focused on him.
As for Kawhi Leonard, he is averaging 32.3 points, on 59.3% shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1 steal per game. We all know that Kawhi doesn’t say much and doesn’t show much emotion, but he stands out amongst the other players, on almost any given night. He is calm, cool, and collected in the clutch, and has delivered for the Raptors on multiple occasions already in the playoffs. Kawhi will likely go to LA next season but probably not to the Lakers, instead, he will go to the Clippers. If that happens, Kawhi will continue to thrive and dominate on both sides of the ball.