Through the first five years of his career, Kawhi Leonard has quickly become one of the top players in the league. Following Friday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins had some extremely high praise for Leonard.
There were indeed some evident signs that Leonard showing improvement on the offensive end. He had hit a Kobe-esque shot near the end of the second quarter with an off-the-dribble bucket from the top of the key. Leonard has seen a huge improvement in his offensive game through the first three games notching at least 20 points in each contest.
If Leonard can continue this trend, there’s no reason to believe that he cannot be a serious contender for the MVP award this season, which he finished in second place to Stephen Curry last year. In fact, he could become just the fifth player to win an NBA MVP award and Defensive Player of the Year award joining Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, and Kevin Garnett. He could also become just the third player to win those two awards in a single season joining Jordan and Olajuwon since the Defensive Player of the Year award became official in the 1982-83 season.