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2013-14 Season Averages: 27.3 MPG, 11.2 PPG, .494 FG%, 6.3 RPG, 1.3 APG
Offensive slumps are completely overrated, right?
Well, not entirely.
Depending on the situation, what seems like an early-season slump could easily equate to a season full of disappointment and struggle. Just ask Manu Ginobili.
But in Kawhi Leonard's case, there is little reason to worry.
The concern stems from his sudden inability to connect from long range. His three-point percentage is abysmal, a surprise given his success from the perimeter in his first two years.
That said, he's still an effective scorer from inside. His touch in the post is flawless and remains a slashing threat even if his shooting struggles have limited his opportunities to get to the rim.
But more so than his offensive compensation, Leonard is truly making up for any poor production with his stellar defense. He has transformed into everything Gregg Popovich asked for on that end and then some.
He'll effortlessly guard the opposition's best player and can effectively defend just about any position aside from the 5.
His three-point ineptitude may be restricting him from completely letting loose, but he has remained relevant and one of the team's most pivotal assets nonetheless.