Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard has just been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. The 27-year-old has been averaging 25.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, and 3.1 APG while shooting 48.5% from the field through 18 games and leading the Raptors to a 20-4 record; the best record in the NBA. Kawhi’s 25.5 PPG is 10th in the NBA among leaders in scoring.
It hasn’t just been the stats that show how good he’s been doing so far this season. The former Defensive Player of the Year has such a presence on the defensive end that nobody wants to match up against him. His great length helps him block shots in the paint, as well as pick off passes or pick someone’s pocket and record a steal. He finished his 2016-17 campaign as the league leader in steals, as he won Defensive Player of the Year that season. Kawhi is currently the league leader in steals, and by a comfortable margin.
For the Raptors as a whole, a top-10 scorer and league leader in steals playing alongside a league leader in assists in Kyle Lowry is definitely a recipe for success, and that’s why the Raptors are atop the NBA with a 20-4 record.
The Western Conference Player of the Week is the Denver Nuggets’ Paul Millsap. The forward has played surprisingly well at the age of 30. The two teams meet just in time Monday night in Toronto – it’ll be the showdown of the two NBA Player of the Weeks.