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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Kawhi Leonard




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Kawhi Leonard


Position: Small Forward

Size: 6-7, 225

School: San Diego State, Sophomore


Strengths:
  • Athleticism
  • Crashing the boards
  • Offensive rebounder
  • Active defender
  • Can guard multiple positions
  • Non-stop work ethic
  • Impacts the game without needing to score
  • Ability to rebound and lead the break
  • Attacking the basket
  • Dangerous in transition
  • Ball handler
  • Can create for teammates off the bounce
  • Good passer
  • Usually displays good patience on the offensive end



    Weaknesses:
  • Three-point shooting
  • Inconsistent mid-range jumper
  • Tends to over-dribble
  • Forces penetration when it is not there

    Summary: Leonard impacts the game in so many different ways, and what is scary is that he is not close to being a polished player on the offensive end. As San Diego State continues to get more exposure due to their success this season, Leonard will get more and more recognition. He has worked his way into late lottery discussions.

    Player Comparison: Trevor Ariza. Ariza has made his impact in the NBA due to his athleticism and ability to defend on the wing. Leonard will have to follow that blueprint to reach his maximum level of success at the next level. Both players are effective off the bounce and in the open floor, but do not have reliable outside shots.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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