Kawhi Leonard is soft-spoken, selfless, takes direction well and shuns the spotlight. All of which makes him a perfect fit for the low-key San Antonio Spurs.
Leonard enjoys the limelight as much as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich likes speaking to reporters - which is to say, not much - but his profile might be about to grow.
While the spotlight is clearly fixed on sweet-shooting Stephen Curry as San Antonio hosts Golden State Monday night to open the second round, Leonard's emergence has given the Spurs their own rising star.
''He's tremendous,'' Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack said. ''I think in a year or two he's definitely going to be one of the top small forwards in this league, somebody who is going to be a potential All-Star candidate.''
Not that Leonard is at all interested in extra attention.
''Right now I'm just here to win games,'' he said. ''It doesn't matter what the nation thinks about my game. I have goals set for myself. I want to reach my own goals; I'm not trying...