San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the newly minted NBA Finals MVP, faced criticism from the regular season MVP before he could even finish his championship cigar. Leonard has been touted because of his NBA Finals performance, which featured one of the all-time turnaround. Leonard scored nine points each in Games 1 and 2, only to go on to produce 23.7 points over the final three games and end the series with averages of 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant saw that performance as more of a system-based result, and he said as much in a casual Twitter debate. The comment is interesting because Gregg Popovich has made a point of telling the media that the Spurs don't run any plays for Leonard, which means that most of his production must come outside of the "system" that defines the Spurs' offense.
Durant credits Spurs 'system' for Kawhi Leonard's success
Sporting News | Jun 16