The LA Clippers have two superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but the former is generally perceived as the alpha of the team. George is a brilliant player himself but it’s hard to argue against the idea that Leonard is the more vital player to the team between the two, considering that Leonard has actually proven he can carry a team to the championship and win it all when he led the Toronto Raptors to their first-ever NBA title back in 2019.
Furthermore, Leonard owns a crazy good record in the regular season so far in his career, as pointed out by ESPN Stats & Info.
Kawhi Leonard enters Sunday with a 411-137 record in the regular season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 22, 2021
His .750 regular-season win percentage is the best in NBA history (min. 500 games). pic.twitter.com/jbS1i8rcvG
Leonard, who scored 29 points in the Clippers’ 116-112 home victory over the Utah Jazz last Friday, mostly won those games in the regular season during his stint with the San Antonio Spurs from 2011 to 2018.
Expected to be the next face of the Spurs franchise once Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker end their respective careers, Leonard instead had an acrimonious and controversial split with San Antonio, resulting in his trade to the Raptors along with Danny Green in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a 2019 first-round pick that became Keldon Johnson.
Leonard and the Clippers have a tasty matchup Monday night at home against the visiting Brooklyn Nets. The Clippers are favored by 7.5 points.
The Clippers enter the game with 22-9 SU and 18-13 ATS records, at the time of this writing.
Leonard is averaging 16.8 points per game on 50.8 FG% this season.
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