He averaged 24mpg. 7.9PPG 0.6-3PTM 49FG% 77FT% 5.1RPG 1.1APG 0.7TO 1.3SPG 0.4BPG 1.4PF.
I think most of us who've followed him are in agreement that he can only get better from here on out and his #'s will definitely get better. The only question we're asking is 'how good'?
Here's the thing. Pop is really high on this kid and he's the kind of coach that rarely compliments his players. Here's what Pop said during summer league and some of the things he did. http://blog.mysanant...rd-this-summer/
“We want him to rebound it and push it up the floor himself,” Popovich said. “We want to get it thrown ahead to him and have him go attack the rim. We want to put him in pick-and-rolls and let him make decisions, so he expands his game.
“He’s going to be a good one. We don’t want him to just be a spot-up shooter in the corner.”
That’s good to hear, Leonard said.
“I don’t want to be a stand-in-the-corner guy my whole career,” he added. “I’d like to take control of the game, and be a focal point to help my team win.”
During one breathless stretch of the first half Tuesday, Leonard unpacked his entire bag of tricks.
He took his man off the dribble, from midcourt line to rim. He grabbed a rebound at one end and took the ball 90 feet for a finger roll at the other.
When Leonard crossed over a pick late in the first half and rose to drill a contested 3-pointer near the top of the arc, even his summer-league teammates were impressed.
Kawhi's averages in summer league:
33mpg, 25ppg, 1-3ptm, 6rpg, 3apg, 1stl, 0.5blk, 47fg%, 73ft% = in 2 games then Pop pulls him out. Not because of injury.
Several weeks later, Pop does an interview and was asked about Kawhi Leonard and responded with this:
Question: What kind of season do you see Kawhi Leonard having next season? Also, where do you see him in five years?
GP: I think he’s going to be a star. And as time goes on, he’ll be the face of the Spurs I think. At both ends of the court, he is really a special player. And what makes me be so confident about him is that he wants it so badly. He wants to be a good player, I mean a great player. He comes early, he stays late, and he’s coachable, he’s just like a sponge. When you consider he’s only had one year of college and no training camp yet, you can see that he’s going to be something else.
His ADP on Yahoo! is 134. That's in the 10th, 11th 12th rd depending how big the league is. I know Spurs players don't look like sexy picks in fantasy and Pop is notorious for sitting out his stars and that may sway some of the managers from drafting Kawhi Leonard but Kawhi is not in his 30's.
This kid is an absolute steal if most people think that he will provide late round value.