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    BBR: Leonard only second non-C/PF to lead league in defensive ranking

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/...tg_yearly.html

    In the NBA, only two non-PF/C's have led the league n defensive rating since 1974 (they don't have rankings before that): Scottie Pippen and Kwahi Leonard.

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    My thoughts: He is really good at defending.

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    If he hadnt missed those games I would say give him the DPOY.


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    Boy, I sure did underestimate the Rockets this year and I lost a sig bet to Saddletramp because of it



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    Best defender in the league hands down.
    Boy, I sure did underestimate the Rockets this year and I lost a sig bet to Saddletramp because of it



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    Not unexpected for a Finals MVP.
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    23 years old. Give him a 5 year contract. He's not even in his peak yet. Maybe beginning his peak at 28 years old.
    Boy, I sure did underestimate the Rockets this year and I lost a sig bet to Saddletramp because of it



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    Hell look at the top 10 each year, pretty rare for a smaller guy to lead in that.

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    That is very impressive but Defensive Win Shares are to an extent a team metric, it's no surprise the last 4 winners played on teams that were considered stacked defensively at multiple positions. Heck, Leonard's teammate won the thing the season before last.

    Still impressive and he is definitely the best wing defender out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnicksorBust View Post
    If he hadnt missed those games I would say give him the DPOY.
    Easily

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    "Yes, it’s impressive on its own any time a player tops that leaderboard. There isn’t a single name on there that jumps out as obviously incorrect. But Kawhi’s season this year is extra special — he’s the first non-big man to top the list since Scottie Pippen in 1994-95. Going back farther in time…nope, that’s it, unless you count Julius Erving’s 1975 season in the ABA. Pippen is considered by some to be the best ever defender at the small forward position, but now Kawhi Leonard has matched him in at least one area.

    The scariest part? 1994-95 was Pippen’s Age-29 season, at the peak of his powers. Kawhi’s only 23 and he’s already got an NBA Finals MVP. That sound you just heard was the rest of the NBA shuddering in dread."

    That is scary. SA has a new superstar.
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    BBR: Leonard only second non-C/PF to lead league in defensive ranking

    Carlos Boozer being 2nd in recent years is some what of a joke don't you think? Sounds like a stat that relies heavily on team concepts right? Boozer couldn't defend a blind man in Utah.

    It's impressive, but the guy is not a superstar, period. We had to listen to this all summer long and he responded with 17 & 7 on 47% shooting on a team that has churned out top defenders like they were nothing.
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    ^^^ keep denying. anyone who can play like he did against LBJ last finals is a hands down superstar. the dude only averaged 32 minutes per game this year on a team that relies on ball movement. they have no 20 ppg guys on that team. he led the league in steals though, and is coming off a Finals MVP year. I really don't think there is a GM in the league that doesn't think he's a superstar. 30 teams would offer him a max contract this offseason.

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    Not just a phenomenal defender, but all around player. Of course I'd love to see Dray Day get DPOY, but would completely understand if it goes to Leonard
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