Kawhi Leonard speaks out on improved playmaking with Paul George
The Los Angeles Clippers witnessed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George lead them to a victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. With the Clippers hitting their stride recently, Leonard spoke about the improved playmaking that he and George have had to begin the season, via Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times.
Kawhi Leonard on why he and PG have looked so comfortable as playmakers (both producing career-high AST %): "We both know what we need to do and what’s going to help the team. I don’t have to put a battery in his back to encourage him."
— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) January 21, 2021
In the first 15 games of the season for the Clippers, Leonard is notching 24.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. His 5.8 assists per game and 29 percent assist percentage are both career-highs for the stoic forward.
On the other hand, George is also putting together an impressive start to the season for Los Angeles. The six-time All-Star is compiling 24.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game.
Similar to Leonard, George’s 5.6 assists per game and 25.9 percent assist percentage are career-best marks in the passing department. Having Leonard and George as the facilitators on the offensive end has helped the Clippers secure an 11-4 record to begin the season, which is tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the NBA.
Of course, Leonard and George are still leaned on to be the main scoring threats for the Clippers. However, if they can begin getting everyone else involved in the offense, then Los Angeles could become the team they envisioned when they acquired George before last season.
With the new approach, the Clippers have strung off five consecutive wins, with their last three wins decided by an average of 30 points. Both Leonard and George will hope to continue their assist numbers against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday and Sunday.