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Kawhi Leonard puts Harrison Barnes on a poster (VIDEO)

May 15, 2013, 2:04 AM EDT

Kawhi Leonard isn’t a flashy player. In fact, the next time you see him make a fuss about anything on the floor or try to draw attention to himself will be the first time.

Most of the time you see him doing the little things that make the Spurs offense work the way it needs to. He spots up in the corner and knocks down corner threes, comes off screens to curl into the paint where he can hit little jumpers, and he can even run the pick and roll every once and while to create a good shot for himself or a teammate. He’s a steady player who brings a fundamentally sound game to the floor and knows how to deploy it.

But just because he’s mostly a low key player who plays his role to a tee doesn’t mean he can’t make the spectacular play. Something that Harrison Barnes found out all too well in the Spurs game 5 win over the Warriors.

After the Spurs forced a steal, Leonard changed ends wonderfully and received a great lead bounce pass from Danny Green. After making the catch, Leonard took two big strides, rose up, and dunked right over the top of Barnes. Watching it live it looked like a very good dunk, but in slow motion you really get the full effect.

Leonard’s poise and patience have been on full display these playoffs and he continues to make his name as an up and coming talent with star potential. If he keeps making plays like the one above, that recognition will come even faster.

  1. fm31970 - May 15, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    It doesn’t look like Barnes went all out in his attempt to block it, and it wasn’t all that “posterizing” to be honest.

    What I find more interesting is how well the Kawhi Leonard-George Hill trade seems to have worked out very well for both the Spurs and the Pacers.

  2. 91devinhester23 - May 15, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    you kiddin me?

    that dunk is exactly like the spurs as a team: boring

  3. kavika6 - May 15, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    The sad part is that Leonard’s humility and composure are sure to keep him from being a popular player outside of San Antonio. If you don’t thump on your chest and flex your muscles after every shot non-Spur basketball fans won’t take notice. Awesome player, terrible self-promoter (which I see as extremely admirable).

    Coaches will put him on all-star teams for many years but “fans” will continue to ignore him.

    • fm31970 - May 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      …which isn’t a bad thing. Sounds a lot like some guy named Tim Duncan, no?

    • herkulease - May 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Only problem is that his teammate Tim Duncan shows you can be voted by the fans without going “look at me, look at me”

      Leonard’s problem isn’t lack of self promotion its the position he plays.

      Unless Chris Paul bolts for some eastern team, the west starting guards will likely be Westbrook and Paul for sometime.

      There’s also the matter of his production. He’s going to need to up it. No amount of self promotion can over come it. Besides Paul and Westbrook, there’s Curry and Lillard. On a per 36 minute basis they are all ahead of him.

      There are only so many spots and reality is someone is going to be left off.

      • azarkhan - May 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Kawhi isn’t a guard, he’s a small forward. He is also the Spurs defensive ace, taking the place of Bruce Bowen. That’s the reason you see him defending against Warriors guard Klay Thompson, that and the fact that Thompson is 6’7″, and can shoot over any Spur guard.

      • herkulease - May 15, 2013 at 3:14 PM


        Even as a forward he runs into the same issue.

        Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin will occupy the forward spots for sometime too.

        Then there is Kevin Love(assuming he returns to form following injury), Aldridge and maybe Anthony Davis(they can probably cheat and move him as center to fit him in if necessary in a few years) Even harrison Barnes could be in the mix assuming his playoff improvements continue into the regular season. I’m sure I left guys off and just naming guys off the top of my head that are likely to be in contention for a spot.

        As said earlier there’s only so many spots. someone will be left out.

        Its not fair and really shouldn’t be taken as a slight against a player that is left off.

  4. ebmd15 - May 15, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    San Diego State!!!

  5. natareo - May 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Leonard the future of the SPURS with tony parker, paul george SG, thomas robinson PF, demarcus cousins C…..LETS GO SPURS

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