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LeBron James Says Kawhi Leonard Defends Him The Best
- Updated: August 19, 2016
LeBron James = the best player in the NBA, hands down. Arguments can be made for a handful of other players but at the end of the day, LeBron is sitting in the ‘reigning champion’s’ corner of the ring and the rest are the ‘contenders’.
In many ways, the man is impossible to guard. Throughout his career, it can quite reasonably be argued that the only thing to have stopped LeBron James is LeBron himself. Whether it be a mental breakdown – like the 2011 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks – or simply James having a bad shooting night, it’s tough to unequivocally proclaim that one player or team has stopped him.
Have you ever wondered who LeBron believes defends him the best? Well, he was asked exactly that on the Open Run podcast and this was his response:
“Kawhi Leonard. He’s solid. He’s solid. Solid at that end of the floor. He’s very, very, very solid. I like him. I like the kid.”
Kawhi is one of the handful of players contending for the ‘best player in the NBA’ title. He has improved every year he has been in the league and has cemented himself in the MVP conversation the last couple of seasons.
Even with the addition of LaMarcus Aldridge last season, Leonard averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.0 block, 50.6% shooting from the field and 87.4% shooting from the free throw line. He even shot an impressive 44.3% from beyond the arc, converting on 1.8 threes per game.
Kawhi has won the last two Defensive Player of the Year awards, so many people in and around the NBA have already noticed and respected his defensive acumen. But LeBron James’ statement might mean just a little more to the 2014 NBA Finals MVP.