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NBA execs pick Kawhi Leonard ahead of Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis as top frontcourt player

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The NBA is oozing talent this season with the likes of Russell Westbrook and James Harden threatening for triple-doubles every time they step on the floor.

According to a poll conducted by ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman, NBA executives around the league prefer San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard as their top frontcourt player of age 25 or younger — Karl-Anthony Towns came in second and Anthony Davis third.

Milwaukee Bucks hybrid forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was fourth and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid fifth on the list, per Goodman.

The Klaw is a defensive executioner in his own right, who can match up against spots one through four with relative ease; his scoring prowess and efficiency as a field goal, three-point, and free-throw shooter make him a deadly asset to bring to any game — shaping him as the most well-rounded player with the most upside, according to the front office executives.

Towns is a second-year monster that racked up an impressive double-double average in his first season. While being a fantastically effective post player with range and exquisite touch, his consistency varies from game to game, which keeps him just shy of Leonard’s dominance.

The Brow has been putting up ridiculous numbers after an injury-plagued season, averaging 30.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. While he’s been the best out of the three thus far in the season, his injury concerns are something execs keep in the back of their mind.

Regardless of their pick, it’s sure to say that any team has a more-than-solid building block with any of these players on their roster.

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