Suns coach Monty Williams calls Kawhi Leonard a ‘phenomenal, complete basketball player’
Ahead of the Phoenix Suns’ matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers, head coach Monty Williams had high praise for superstar Kawhi Leonard.
When asked about Leonard, Williams shared his belief that he is a ‘phenomenal, complete basketball player’ and that he doesn’t believe anybody in the league has improved quite as much as he is since the start of his career.
“I don’t know if there’s been a player that has improved as much as he has from the start of their NBA career to where he is now,” Williams said, via Jovan Buha of The Athletic. “You’d be hard-pressed to find anybody that’s improved that dramatically. He’s just a phenomenal, complete basketball player.”
It’s hard to argue with Williams’ assessment given that Leonard entered the NBA without a reliable jump-shooting ability and a lack of playmaking ability. While his defensive impact was always a strength of his skill-set, he has taken many steps forward to become a dynamic and complete offensive player.
During the 2019 playoffs, Leonard averaged an impressive 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 3.9 assists and led the Toronto Raptors to the first championship in their history. He managed to earn his second NBA Finals MVP for his efforts leading
Leonard is off to a strong start with the Clippers this season as he was averaging 25.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 7.0 assists heading into the team’s matchup with the Suns. If he leads his new team to a championship, he would become the third player to win a title with three separate franchises.