HOUSTON — Kawhi Leonard has been having a great quiet season for the San Antonio Spurs. He's shooting the ball at 40% from 3-point range and rebounding the ball at 5.5rpg. He's become the Spurs' primary defensive stopper at the beginning of games and clutch situations, but it hasn't really been showcased with the Spurs not being "media friendly" to some. Last night during the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Leonard got to showcase his developing skills in front of a major NBA audience, a time where a majority of teams are represented with their fans watching. Kawhi had 20 points in this event, which is probably unheard for non-Spurs fans who think the Spurs still can't score, and also caught the eye of opponents. Kenneth Faried, the MVP of the evening, had this to say about Leonard's game.
"Kawhi has big hands, long arms, and big hands. He plays great D. He can shoot it, actually. And a heck of a player."
While it sounds like Faried is surprised at Leonard's offense, it's not for Spurs fans. He's not only shooting the ball at 40% from 3-point land, but he's also shooting 49% overall. This is a special All-Star weekend for the San Antonio Spurs, who are now a balanced offensive juggernaut and can showcase their offensive skills to the rest of the league. His big hands and long arms are something Spurs fans know all too well, especially when he disrupts the opponent's offensive plans the whole game. Leonard is just one of a few Spurs who are in the festitivities for this weekend, including Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Matt Bonner. Maybe the rest of the NBA's fan base will appreciate the Spurs like their fans when they're showcased for the world.