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What makes Kawhi Leonard’s mid-range so deadly for Clippers, per Norris Cole

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Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard is known to have the deadliest mid-range jumper in the NBA. During an Instagram live, two-time NBA champion Norris Cole explained what makes Leonard’s mid-range jumper so deadly.

“His footwork is proper, his pivots are always on balance, and he has a gift of having big hands which helps him manipulate the ball however he wants to,” Cole said. “Not only that but his follow through is also special because if you watch his mid-range jumpers, he’s always following through.” Even if he’s off-balance, he follows through.

“Whenever he gets to his spot-on balance and in rhythm, you can guarantee two points. If you’re defending him at that moment, just get back on offense, Norris said jokingly.”

Many NBA analysts have said that Leonard’s mid-range jumper for the Clippers is similar to Kobe Bryant’s and Michael Jordan’s, two of the greatest scorers of All-Time. It’s no surprise because Leonard has idolized both NBA legends growing up.

During Leonard’s high school days, he used to go over to his friend’s house to watch Jordan highlights. According to his friend, they’d call them “Mike highs” because he used to watch four or five hours of his highlights at a time. Leonard also improved his mid-range jumper by training with Kobe Bryant during offseasons.

Before the season was suspended, Leonard was having arguably the best season of his career. The 28-year-old was averaging a career-high 26.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in 32.2 minutes per game. Leonard was also shooting 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range. 

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