Kenny Smith : " We know Kawhi Leonard is the best player in the west. " (self.nba)
If he played , they would have won
I know Shaq and Charled always say this. But when did Kenny become Kawhi fan ? I think he always argue with those two that KD and Steph are better.
[–]ChopinOnTheKeys 1203 指標 15小時前
Let's all admit that Kawhi at least has a solid argument.
[–]Celticstherestoomuch 1054 指標 15小時前
Only because Kelly Olynyk is in the East
[–]Heat Bandwagonwell_bang_okay 160 指標 13小時前
If Kelly Olynyk and Dion Waiters teamed up how many rings would they win
[–]Cavaliers BandwagonTheKingOfGhana 200 指標 13小時前
Whatever number is all of them
[–]HeatSoulCrusher69 120 指標 14小時前
Its between him, Curry, and Durant in my opinion.
I had him solidly at #3 for a while but at this point I gotta acknowledge my irrational distaste, the dude is balling.
[–]Supersonicsformido 104 指標 12小時前
Not really. Steph Curry as about the same point differential as LeBron James (by RPM), but he does it on a much better team, which is harder in the same way it's harder for a 7 footer to average 10 rebounds a game when he's playing with 3 other 7 footers than when he's playing with none.
Steph Curry is obviously the best player in the west and it continues to be mind-boggling how someone whose skills are so much better than every other player in the league, and whose skills have translated into the best 3 year stretch in basketball, can be this underrated.
[–][DAL] Dirk NowitzkiIceClownFromIceTown 393 指標 16小時前
Shaq and Charles have been saying Kawhi's been the second best player for weeks now.
[–]w2chaudh 240 指標 16小時前*
They've been saying it since last season. Charles was saying Kawhi was the best player in the league last season. Barkely also said Klay was a better player then Steph and KD at the beginning of the season. He also ranked Klay ahead of Steph in the player rankings they did midway through the season.
[–][PHI] Joel Embiidjayzee1138 181 指標 15小時前
I always love that Charles' argument is that Kawhi and Klay are two way players which makes them better, but Chuck was awful on defense.
[–]ThunderDaBear816 308 指標 15小時前
Shows hes non biased
[–]mmm31415 133 指標 15小時前
maybe that's why he respects it so much. because it was something he wasn't good at, and the dude was a master of basketball
[–]SpursScipio_Africanes 88 指標 15小時前
I think it shows self-awareness. Whereas with Shaq, he doesn't respect any big man that doesn't have his offensive skillset. Just look at how brutal he is with his Dwight criticism. Of the 2 best big men in the 2000s (Duncan and Dirk), his preference for Duncan's game is really obvious, and it's not all because he's the better player.
[–]Lakers Bandwagondonniedarkoo 229 指標 15小時前
Kawhi was having an all time great playoffs until he got hurt
[–]Rockets Bandwagoni_am_penis 81 指標 13小時前*
He still is. He'll be back, might even play game 3.
[–]SpursHuckFinn69 34 指標 13小時前
Not sure why this is getting downvoted. Down 2-0 isn't that insurmountable if we get Kawhi back for game 3 especially considering the next two are at home.
[–]NBAbigbeau 45 指標 11小時前
Could you imagine if he came back game 3, looked slow, yall go down 3-0. Comes back on a tear and beats the warriors in 7 after being down 3-0. Oh man, the memes....
[–]Rockets1he3eard 299 指標 16小時前
I guess this was what Durant meant when he was tired of being 2nd. He wanted to be closer to 5th.
[–]NBAwtjones 144 指標 15小時前
There's only one player in the league that can guard LBJ and drop 30 on the other end of the court and that's argument enough for me to be #1 in the west; Kawhi Leonard.
[–]RocketsAstrophel37 94 指標 12小時前
In 20 games against Lebron Kawhi has 1 game over 29 points. Just saying.
[–]76ersTiny311 38 指標 12小時前
and when did Kawhi become the spur's go-to guy on offense? this year. Kawhi had 11 in one of the first games of the season with his new role, and then when they played them the 2nd time and was more used to his new role, he scored 41. The 3rd time he had 25.
[–]Spurstng29 118 指標 15小時前
Leading a team to 61 wins and the WCF as the only all star should put Kawhi in the conversation.
[–]NBAProfessorPhi 35 指標 11小時前
I'm pretty sure Pop counts as an All Star at this point
[–]WarriorsOwnsAParrot 25 指標 16小時前
Based on stats this year, you can easily argue Kawhi > Curry, but it's tough to straight out say Kawhi > Durant. I don't think it's crazy argument to make that Kawhi could be the 2nd best player in the league, but I don't think it is clear cut.
[–]WarriorsItsnotBatman 61 指標 15小時前
No. Sorry, Steph is the engine that drives the Warriors to two MVPs, a championship, and the league record for most wins in a season. One season of Steph having Durant to lessen the load does not diminish his true value.