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.
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) June 16, 2014
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?
H/T Bleacher Report