May 25, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second quarter in game three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant says Kawhi Leonard is product of Spurs system


Apparently, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant isn’t boarding the Kawhi Leonard hype-train.

Leonard, known for his impressive defensive skills turned up his offensive ability during the Spurs dismantling of the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals which ended with former SDSU product becoming the youngest recipient of the Finals MVP award since Magic Johnson.

All that said, Durant didn’t seem all that impressed as he responded to a fan’s suggestion that he’d take Leonard over Paul George, suggesting that Leonard was a product of the Spurs system.

The since deleted tweet came across rather salty, though, it may not have been meant that way as Durant was simply suggesting that Leonard benefits from his role on the Spurs. Put Leonard on the Milwaukee Bucks or the Sacramento Kings and is he the same player? Opinions are likely to differ, though, there’s no doubt that Leonard has the perfect home in San Antonio.

Regardless, given the lack of context, Durant’s tweet didn’t exactly come across as the most endearing though when you averaged 26 points against the Spurs defensive juggernaut during the regular season, I’m guessing nobody is going to impressive you on the defensive end of the court. Durant also put up impressive numbers during OKC’s Western Conference Finals matchup against the Spurs as well.

So how say you, FanSided? Do you think Durant has a point? Would Leonard be as talented a player if he was in a different situation? Or is Durant just being a sore loser?

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  • wannabe_fake_tough_guy

    KD has his “mvp” trophy, and had a nice regular season. Kawhi has the “real” MVP trophy. They will both do OK.

    • Pwall07

      KD don’t hate, classless… Stop pointing up after FT s while you hating…

    • Sgt. Beatdown

      Kawhi Leonard played great within a great system (may blossom even more individually) for 3 out of the Spurs 4 wins (he was avg in the previous rounds, did nothing in Game 1 win), got Finals MVP and is now so much better than Paul George. Funny…

  • trinity

    Can Kevin say with absolute certainty that kawhi wouldn’t be as good on another team? No, so he should shut up. And the guy isn’t as good as George? Um, kawhi is finals MVP and Paul George disappeared almost completely in the conference finals. Plus, kawhi is a better defender. I’m not shocked Kevin deleted that tweet.

    • Sgt. Beatdown

      Kawhi Leonard played great within a great system (may blossom even more individually) for 3 out of the Spurs 4 wins (he was avg in the previous rounds, did nothing in Game 1 win), got Finals MVP and is now so much better than Paul George. Funny..

  • mikel_artist

    sore loser… no ring…

    • Sgt. Beatdown

      Kawhi Leonard played great within a great system (may blossom even more individually) for 3 out of the Spurs 4 wins (he was avg in the previous rounds, did nothing in Game 1 win), got Finals MVP and is now so much better than Paul George. Funny

  • edgargn_1218

    Kevin Durant is just sour cause the Spurs put it to em. Of course Kawhi is better than Paul George! The regular season MVP can keep his accolade. The Finals MVP got himself a ring baby!

    • Sgt. Beatdown

      Kawhi Leonard played great within a great system (may blossom even more individually) for 3 out of the Spurs 4 wins (he was avg in the previous rounds, did nothing in Game 1 win), got Finals MVP and is now so much better than Paul George. Funny.

  • Sgt. Beatdown

    We all saw Kawhi Leonard grow up in front of our eyes during the NBA Finals as he delivered on the biggest stage of them all. But just how good is Leonard? Does he compare to some of the league’s best small forwards? Paul George, for example?

    Durant evidently does no think Leonard has reached that upper echelon of small forwards made up of the likes of himself and George. After a fan claimed on Twitter that he’d prefer Leonard in a team over George, Durant had this to say:

    Durant later deleted his tweets, but his comments raise some interesting questions. First off, one has to imagine the frustration that Durant must have experienced watching the NBA Finals at home after winning the regular season MVP.

    Durant is right to some extent. Giving one of the Spurs an individual accolade is almost paradoxical when one watches them play basketball. Their system is how the Spurs carved up the Miami Heat up and all Spurs players must be able to fit into and thrive in that system. Even Gregg Popovich joked that while Leonard may think he did it all himself, the Larry O’Brian Trophy belongs to everyone in the organization.

    However, it does make one think about what would happen if Leonard was taken out of the Spurs team and, as Durant suggests, George was placed on the Spurs team.

    George is fantastic player who fits the Spurs mould down to a tee. A fantastic defender who can hit the three-pointer, George actually has a lot of similarities in his game to Leonard. Whether George would be alright with taking a back seat in an offensive system though remains unknown.

    When it comes to Leonard, however, it’s hard to judge how he would cope if he was taking 20-25 shots a night as the focal point of an offence as George does in Indiana.

    Leonard took 15 or more shots only 4 times in the regular season as compared to George’s 56 and while Leonard shot 52.2% from the field, almost 10% higher than George’s 42.4%, it’s hard to imagine Leonard’s efficiency would translate across a larger sample size.

  • Sgt. Beatdown

    Kawhi Leonard played great within a great system (may blossom even more individually) for 3 out of the Spurs 4 wins (he was avg in the previous rounds, did nothing in Game 1 win), got Finals MVP and is now so much better than Paul George. Funny.