Kawhi Leonard has his eyes set on a big 2015-2016 season.
Spurs, Small Forward Kawhi Leonard has already built himself a successful career in the NBA. Since he was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 2011, and then quickly traded to the San Antonio Spurs that same night, his career in the NBA has been an interesting one. In only 4 seasons, Kawhi’s accomplished more than some players have in 15 seasons. When he was just 22 years old he won his first NBA championship, and along with that he also won 2014 Finals MVP. The year after that Kawhi took home another prestigous award. Leading the NBA in steals per game, Kawhi won the 2015 NBA Defensive player of the year award. As you can see, Kawhi’s won pretty respectable awards in his young career already, but this season he has his mind set on other types of achievements. In a recent interview at his basketball camp, Kawhi told reporters :
“I want to be an NBA all star and MVP of the regular season”
Pretty bold words for a guy who rarely does any talking on or off the court. Kawhi’s undoubtedly a top 15 player in the NBA heading into this season, and anyone could make a strong case that he’ll be earning his first NBA all star appearance this season. If he puts up more impressive stats, then maybe he could potentially win a league MVP. I don’t think that happens this season, but it could happen a few years down the road. As of now the Spurs have too much talent on their team to let one guy put up 25 to 35 points a night, every night. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind, as long as their finding ways to win, but it’s not really the Spurs way.
If we’re talking about this season alone, I can see Kawhi going to the All Star game, but an MVP? It still seems a little out of reach at the moment. But hey, Kawhi not? Right?