Kawhi Leonard makes case as the Clippers GOAT
Is Kawhi Leonard already the greatest Los Angeles Clippers player of all time? Well, it sure looks like he is on his way.
While Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will have something to say about that, Leonard’s consistent high-level play for the Clippers allows him to make history in just his second season and playoffs with the franchise. In fact, during Saturday’s Game 3 against the Utah Jazz, he recorded his third postseason game with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
In their 132-106 win, Leonard finished with 34 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he is the only player in team history to have multiple of such games–with Griffin and Elton Brand having one each.
Kawhi Leonard has his 3rd playoff game with 30 points, 10 rebounds & 5 assists for the Clippers.
All other players in franchise history have combined for 2 (Blake Griffin & Elton Brand once each) pic.twitter.com/kWj1CXCOV7
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 13, 2021
Sure enough, for Kawhi Leonard to be able to truly snatch the honor of being the Clippers GOAT, he needs to lead the team to the promised land and lift that Larry O’Brien trophy just like he did with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.
However, the Clippers have a long way to go before they can even think of the championship. They cut the Jazz’s lead to 2-1 after Saturday’s win, but they still haven’t solved their Donovan Mitchell problem. Also, they are playing an undermanned Utah squad missing the services of starting point guard Mike Conley.
Leonard needs to show up once again, and if he does, there will be no doubt who’s the greatest Clippers player ever.