San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has three years of experience under his belt in the NBA and has made an impact in San Antonio since day one.
From being a draft day steal for the Spurs, making an impact in his rookie season to emerging as part of the main core in San Antonio, Kawhi has definitely made a name for himself in the league.
But as his star is rising, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili’s star is slowly dimming as their stellar careers are nearing the end. Which means Kawhi will be at the forefront soon and he is ready to be the face of the franchise.
Via The Big Story:
“Once the Big Three is gone, you’ll probably see a lot more of me taking over,” Leonard said. “But right now it’s just hard with the top three guys still here.”
Leonard averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot 37 percent from the three-point this season which were career highs. Needless to say, if he gets more touches and becomes the focal point of the Spurs, his numbers will rise on both ends of the court to that of an persistent All-Star.
However, it goes beyond numbers for Leonard. He knows he has to keep within the framework of the team concept once he is the the main guy for San Antonio.
“Once those guys are gone, I’m going to have to start it all over again because I’m not going to have them on the floor. I’ve got to learn how to create shots for others. And then just having the energy for myself to come out there with a mindset to create shots for myself the whole game.”
The Spurs’ future is bright with Leonard in the fold and he is sure to be getting a hefty raise to remain in black and silver once his contract is up after the 2014-15 season.
And for what it’s worth, he will deserve each penny.