It's Time to Start Giving Kawhi Leonard Proper MVP Consideration

Kawhi Leonard Spurs Pelicans 2017

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Kawhi Leonard is in the MVP conversation this season and is having a career year in San Antonio, it was evident that he has taken his game to another level after a 39-point, 6 rebound performance in which he also had 5 assist and a monster block on fellow MVP candidate James Harden.

The Spurs roared to the lead two minutes later as Parker hit a layup and Lee again rocked the rim with a dunk on a Leonard feed. Would you have been happier, though, because he only had like six assists, if he had 30 points, 11 rebounds and then 10 assists.

Leonard got a screen about 30 feet from the basket from LaMarcus Aldridge, allowing him to get a big man, Nene, switched onto him. Leonard then made a pair of free throws with "MVP!" chants raining down from sell-out crowd at the AT&T Center.

Houston Rockets' Mike D'Antoni in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Philadelphia.

That San Antonio has been able to close the gap with Golden State over the past week is largely becasue of Leonard's brilliance. But I don't know who goes to the other end and does what Kawhi does.

"'We fly real high!' I'm buying that airline". These are the shots that had DeMarcus Cousins saying that he saw "flashes of Kobe" in Kawhi's game, and it's rare that workmanlike perimeter grinders are able to add them to their games so successfully. Leonard is the fifth player in Spurs franchise history to be named Player of the Week at least four times, joining George Gervin (four), Tony Parker (eight), David Robinson (14) and Tim Duncan (23).

That's as good a late-game effort as you'll see most nights, but it's also not altogether different from what Leonard does from night to night. "James Harden had a phenomenal game, and it was a great contest - they came away at the end".

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