Fresh off winning his second NBA championship and second Finals MVP trophy, Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard was voted the league’s best player by a collection of coaches, scouts and executives.
Leonard received 12 of the 20 votes, beating out reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (six votes) and two-time scoring champ James Harden (two) for the honour.
The man known as “The Klaw” is a terror on both ends of the floor, averaging a career-best 26.6 points in 2018-19 with the Toronto Raptors and playing exceptional defence to boot. Leonard really made his case for the label of NBA’s best during the playoffs, averaging 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
While the voters rewarded him for his game-changing talent, he’s also a legend off the court. From viral laughs to classic interview answers, Leonard has become the King of the Soundbite. He definitely knows how to live it up with the best of them while on vacation, too.
The same group of voters also deemed Leonard and Paul George teaming up on the Clippers as the best move of the off-season.
"The [Clippers] were a nice little team without him and Paul George," an Eastern Conference scout said. "Getting them gets them into another stratosphere."
All told, these achievements don’t really hold any significance aside from being nice feathers in Leonard’s cap. But, realistically, the 28-year-old is so off the grid and tuned out of social media that he probably isn’t even aware of the accolades.
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