Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 7/30/13
People say that a leopard doesn’t change its spots.  Coach Gregg Popovich has long been known for trusting young players like non-Catholics trusted the Spanish Inquisition. Come playoff time, young players have been known to have a nice warm seat on the end of the bench watching “the Big Three” of Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker carry the team. In his two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard has done his best to break this common practice. He has not only earned a spot in Pop’s rotation but cemented his place in the starting lineup. After the draft day trade for George Hill, Leonard brought to the Spurs athleticism and youth that they were in dire need of. He started to earn Coach Pop’s trust by working hard on the defensive end by taking over the role as defensive stopper vacancy that was created by the retirement of Bruce Bowen. His contributions on the offensive end where generated either by his defense or his slashes to the rim. From
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