Kawhi Leonard is a special player. After years of being considered among the best two-way players in the game, he helped lead the Raptors to an NBA Championship last season by de-throning the back-to-back defending Champs.
As he embarks on this new campaign with the Clippers, the expectation is that he will achieve much of the same success.
But how good is Kawhi? If you ask former Celtics legend Paul Pierce, he'll explain why he thinks the Klaw belongs in the All-Time top 30.
“I mean, he’s already up there with the all time greats based on this last year’s performance,” Pierce said on ESPN’s The Jump. “He has nowhere but up to go. He’s still young. He’s still in his prime. Kawhi is already in my eyes a top probably like 30 player of all time.”
Last season with the Raptors, Leonard averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists during the regular season. On the defensive end, he is regarded as the best in the game.
It may seem premature to rank him that high on the All-Time list, but Kawhi has a shiny resume. He is a 3x All-Star, 2x NBA Champion, 2x Finals MVP, 2x Defensive Player of the Year, and 3x All-NBA player. It's hard to argue he doesn't have a case to be even higher.
This upcoming stretch with the Clippers will be the ultimate test. Will Kahwi be able to lead the Clippers through the competitive Western Conference? If he finds success, he might find himself entering a whole new category of history.