Over the past two seasons, Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard has solidified his standing in the conversation as one of the best players in the world. In fact, a select few are already making the argument that, should he lead the Clippers to the promised land this season and win his third Finals MVP, Leonard may very well find himself in the GOAT conversation.

However, Spencer Dinwiddie doesn’t believe the two-time Finals MVP will ever reach that status. The Brooklyn Nets guard offered a couple of reasons why, but arguably his most interesting take is the fact that Leonard isn’t signed with Nike.

Dinwiddie started by saying Kawhi Leonard needs to pad his regular-season production a bit more and play with more flash. He, then, went on to suggest that those who are usually in the conversation are under Nike’s masterful marketing wing:

“Nike is the greatest marketing company in the history of the world, especially as it pertains to the greatest of all time basketball conversation. If you look at all the best athletes that have come through and that people say are in the GOAT conversation, what’s the common denominator: Nike … LeBron, Kobe, Mike … They tell the story better than anybody else.”

Dinwiddie also brought up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whom he praised as having arguably the greatest basketball career all around, considering his high school, college, and professional accolades. Dinwiddie said, however, that nobody talks about Abdul-Jabbar because he wore Adidas.

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Listen to Dinwiddie’s spiel about Kawhi Leonard and the GOAT conversation below:

Leonard, of course, took his own route and signed with New Balance. Dinwiddie believes that’s not going to take him anywhere at all.

This is certainly a scorching hot take from Dinwiddie, though he kind of has a point. Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant are all Nike megastars, and they’re the ones we usually see in GOAT conversations.

Kawhi Leonard can certainly enter that stratosphere should he continue to add to his resume. However, as far as Dinwiddie is concerned, as long as The Klaw doesn’t join the Nike bandwagon, he won’t ever be near the conversation at all, no matter how godly his accolades are.