Kawhi Leonard Isn’t a Top 2 Player in the NBA

Reading Time: 2 minutes

People often fall for this myth that Los Angeles Clippers two way wing Kawhi Leonard is the best player in the NBA. This notion began due to Kawhi Leonard winning the NBA Finals in 2019, but to that I say, why does that make him better than LeBron and Giannis? Why does having an elite supporting cast and beating the Golden State Warriors without KD and without Klay for Game 3 and part of game 6 make him better than those two? I want to take a look at these three from a pure analytical standpoint and show who truly is the best of the three, and Kawhi fans? This won’t be pretty.

Kawhi Leonard Doesn’t have LeBron’s Volume

The per 48 metrics (which I am usually a fan of) would tell you that Kawhi Leonard is better than LeBron but not Giannis, however for a superstar, you need to have volume. Unlike in sports like baseball where the loss of a superstar for 40 games can be absorbed due to the lesser impact an individual has on the baseball diamond. This is also true in the NFL for most positions other than the QB. In the NBA a supertstar needs to be reliably able to play, and Kawhi simply loses bad in volume metrics. With nearly 500 less minutes played than LeBron this year and losing to LeBron in Win Shares, Offensive Win Shares, Defensive Win Shares, and VORP, LeBron’s taken full advantage of his healthier body and better ability to stay healthy.

Also Read:  Why Did the Clippers Fail in the NBA Playoffs?

Giannis is Simply the Best Player in the World

Giannis Antetokounmpo is simply more dominant than Kawhi and even LeBron James right now. Per 48? He leads in WS/48. Volume metrics? He leads in the league in defensive win shares and is only .1 point behind LeBron in offensive win shares. He’s better than all three in regular win shares, in VORP, and in net rating as well. While yes Kawhi beat Giannis in the playoffs, it was more due to Giannis’ supporting cast not giving him any spacing than Giannis being stopped by Kawhi Leonard.

Giannis VS Kawhi Leonard
Giannis dominated Kawhi Leonard in a regular season matchup back in December of 2019. Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY

Kawhi’s 2019 Run is a Standard LeBron Run

Kawhi in 2019 stomped everyone in the NBA, so I’m not saying it was not great, just saying that it’s the average postseason for LeBron. Kawhi’s .249 WS/48 in 2019 is barely higher than LeBron’s playoff average .243 WS/48. LeBron had a higher Win Share total in 2018 than Kawhi in 2019 despite less games due to the fact that he averages over 41 minutes per game. LeBron James quite literally is one of the best postseason players ever, and Kawhi having one LeBron-like playoff run that resulted in a ring doesn’t push the needle enough for me.

Yes Kawhi Leonard is an elite player, but he simply gets way too much hype for his 2019 finals run. He’s a great player, and he’s young as well, but he simply isn’t able to provide the total value LeBron and Giannis can due to lack of volume for LeBron, and Giannis being just flat out the best player in the NBA.

 

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Russian GP – Race Preview

Russian Grand Prix can be a boring race so let's hope this race gets off to a great start. The only memory I have of the Russian GP is Valtteri Bottas letting Lewis Hamilton win. Last race at Mugello was an exciting race. With two red flags and one horrible crash. And Ferrari 1000 celebration wasn't the best either, but that might be because of the strict rules now during COVID 19. So I am happy...

Benny Leonard: Always A Champion

If you sat down with a group of boxing fans under the age of say, 50, and began to talk about whether Benny Leonard really is a Top-10 all-time fighter, you'd probably have a cacophony of voices barking at you about how great "Sugar" Ray really was.
Also Read:  NBA Playoffs Resume
Tell them you were talking about Benny Leonard though, and you might hear a lot of "Who's that?" from the same group. But Benny Leonard most definitely belongs...

The Green Light: The Rugby Championship 2020

In what has been a challenging year for many rugby fans and mainly the players, the Southern Hemisphere's Rugby Championship 2020 tournament has just been confirmed for the back end of the season. The Rugby Championship tournament - previously known as the Tri-Nations - was inaugurated in 1996 with the three rugby-rich countries; Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, all contesting for the converted trophy. In 2012, the tournament expanded to add the South...

IPL Talking Points

Efficient CSK get the job done again Before the tournament began, the Chennai Super Kings were touted to struggle by everybody analysing the game. But, on the opening day, post the opening powerplay overs, MS Dhoni proved once again why the IPL betting odds are always in their favor. From a position where they could have chased a tall score, CSK restricted MI to a chaseable total and then led by solid innings from...

Rahul’s Historic Ton Thumps Bangalore

KL Rahul struck the highest score by an Indian in Indian Premier League as Kings XI Punjab beat Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs. Rahul, who scored 132 not out, also achieved the highest individual score by a captain and the best for a Kings XI Punjab player with a generous Royal Challengers Bangalore bearing the brunt of his assault, offering little in the form of resistance. After being invited to bat first, KXIP...

The Torchbearers Of Modern Football

We are standing at the end of an era that was tinted with brightness and glam. Two of the greatest sportsmen ever to grace the surface of earth are at the twilight of their careers. They are aliens, some say. Some say they are superheroes in shorts. Two names at the heart of the footballing world, for the best part of two decades. The torchbearers of modern day football. The pace-setters of the business...

Different Options For Purchasing Golf Shoes

Golf is one of the most popular sports among wealthy and upper middle class men. While some play golf competitively, others play golf as a hobby and for networking with others. The performance of the golfer depends to some extent on the golfing gear and equipment which he is using. Usually golfers are wearing special golf shoes, which are designed so that the golfer can play his shots comfortably, without slipping. Hence many of...

Russell Wilson Is An All-Time Great QB

Russell Wilson, 0 MVPs, 0 MVP votes, 0 respect. He is one of the best quarterbacks I've ever seen, and he is showing himself to be the MVP so far this year. Russell Wilson at every stage of his career has consistently been elite and has carried the Seahawks into relevancy. He is underrated, has been elite, and has been one of the best QBs in the world since he's gotten here. How is it that...

Super Fan Saturday – Rugby South Africa

In what has been an extremely long-awaited return for the game, South Africa will host their very first rugby game: Super Fan Saturday, since the sport was postponed back in March 2020. While this year may have been challenging times for the majority of the world, a doubleheader action-packed Saturday will bring something to look forward to locally. and keep every South African rugby fan at the edge of their seats. One of the nation's...

AFL Finals Locked In

This weekend's results conclude the heavily disrupted Australian Football League regular season, turning attention towards the Finals series in October. Across 18 rounds spanning six weeks, the race for the coveted Premiership trophy has been whittled down from 18 clubs to just eight. All that separates them from the 2020 flag now is four weeks of playoff matches that will culminate in the Grand Final. Port Adelaide secured the minor premiership by defeating Collingwood in the...

Social Connect

1,184FansLike
3,723FollowersFollow

Trending Now

Super Fan Saturday – Rugby South Africa

In what has been an extremely long-awaited return for the game, South Africa will host their very first rugby game: Super Fan Saturday, since...
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x