Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers is keeping everyone on their toes. His game just keeps improving and he just keeps performing better.
Kawhi Leonard: The MVP
Kawhi Leonard was the first recipient of the Kobe Bryant MVP Award Sunday.
“This one is for him.”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 2020
Leonard was on Team LeBron, which defeated Team Giannis 157-155 with a game-winning free-throw from Anthony Davis. The game was played to a target score for the first time this year. On Sunday, the winning team was the first to reach 157 points. The winning team won $300,000. The nonprofit Chicago Scholars will receive this charity.
Leonard and Jordan
Jordan, a six-time NBA champion, won the Finals MVP on each occasion, shared between two three-peats; one from 1991 to 1993 and the second between 1996 and 1998. He played the All-Star Game a total 14 times, winning the MVP award in three opportunities, 1988, 1996 and 1998.
Jordan finished his career averaging 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.8 blocks per game, shooting 49.7% from the field, 32.7 from deep and 83.5 from the free-throw line.
Leonard, 28, is already a 2x NBA champion, having won the title for the first time in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs and last season with the Toronto Raptors (first title in franchise history). Kawhi has received the Finals MVP in each of these matchups.