The Spurs just destroyed the team that destroyed the Pacers, with the 22-year-old Kawhi Leonard taking home Finals MVP honors. Though the young wing struggled in Games 1 and 2, he was brilliant thereafter, averaging 23.6 points per game on an absurd 24-of-35 (68.6%) shooting in Games 3, 4, and 5.
That is incredible for anyone and even more so for a player who just became the fourth-youngest Finals MVP in league history.
On Twitter, Kevin Durant had some thoughts about Leonard and it drifted into talk comparing Kawhi to Paul George.
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) June 16, 2014
Now, I don’t consider this as KD really bashing Kawhi. He’s pointing out that Leonard doesn’t typically put up big numbers and that his success is aided by playing under Gregg Popovich while Paul George’s offensive game is restricted by playing in Frank Vogel’s often nonexistent offensive system.
Moreover, I think Paul George is the better offensive player at this point, and it’s probably not all that close.
Then again, reasonable minds can disagree.
In terms of the Pacers, however, the real question is probably not whether Kawhi is better than this George but George Hill.
And that’s a question more for Larry Bird than Kevin Durant.