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Kawhi Leonard Flashes His Skill, Potential On Steal-And-Slam Play

| by Jonathan Wolfe

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is in the midst of his third season in the league, but many people don’t realize what a good young player Leonard has become. I guess that can happen when you play on a team with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

Leonard isn’t asked to be a superstar or put up big points for his team – San Antonio has the two aforementioned future hall of famers for that. But when he does get the ball, he shines.

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Want proof? Leonard averaged 1.08 points per possession this season, good for 15th in the league.

Leonard’s potential was on full display last night during a game in which his 22 points helped the Spurs put away the Blazers and move on to the Western Conference Finals. 12 of Leonard’s 22 points came on fast-break points, and he added five steals on the night.

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On one of his steals in particular, Leonard showed why – when given the opportunity – he can be one of the more explosive young players in the league. On the play, Leonard and his enormous hands pick of a pass and start racing up court. Two Blazers defenders have a perfect angle on him, but he somehow races right past both of them. He finishes the play off with a sweet, Jordan-esque pump and jam.

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