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You’ve heard the names — the Cavaliers’ LeBron James, Warriors’ Kevin Durant, Rockets’ James Harden, and especially, Thunder’s Russell Westbrook.
But does the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard belong in the NBA MVP conversation too?
Well, it sure seems that way. Leonard is the best player on a team that possessed the league’s second-best record (49-13) through March 6. The 6-foot-7 small forward is averaging 26.3 points and 6.0 rebounds.
Again, his team wins — a lot.
So why not Leonard? NBA reporter Sean Deveney of Sporting News offered an answer to that very question in the form of a video. It can be viewed here.
Leonard may not be as dynamic as some of the others. He may not put up constant triple-doubles. He may not be Must-See TV for basketball fans outside of San Antonio.
Still, he’s the top player on perhaps the only team other than the Warriors that has a great shot of coming out of the West.
So does Leonard belong in the conversation?
It appears that the only answer left is, um, yeah. Without a doubt.