Kawhi Leonards Rise To Superstardom

2016-1718.236.831.2 2015-1613.045.025.8 This season is different. Leonard’s usage has spiked to 31 percent (that’s Russell-Westbrook-before-this-season range), and he’s nearly doubled his pick-and-roll possessions, going from 14 percent of his possessions last season to 26 percent this season while remaining deadly effective. His 106.1 points per 100 possessions on those plays is among the best in the league, better even than Harden’s formidable pick-and-roll game this season (101.6), albeit on about half the number of possessions per game.16.1 pick-and-roll possessions per game for Leonard, 11.7 for Harden. Leonard still gets a lot of spot-up jumpers, but he’s now being assisted on only 37 percent of his 2-pointers, pretty much in line with LeBron James or an in-his-prime Kobe Bryant. He’s creating his own offense now, rather than waiting for the offense to come to him.Maybe most impressively, Leonard has done all this without dropping an ounce of efficiency. After Monday night, his 61.7 true shooting percentage had inched past his career-high from last season (61.6 percent). This is somewhat surprising, given that Leonard has gone from shooting 44 percent on 3-pointers last season to 39 percent this season. But he’s made up for that by adding more long twos to his game — often on quick curls around a high screen, as he did in the Houston game, but also in isolation on a variety of hesitation and pull-up moves — and making nearly half of them. These are the shots that had DeMarcus Cousins saying that he saw “flashes of Kobe” in Kawhi’s game, and it’s rare that workmanlike perimeter grinders are able to add them to their games so successfully. Guys learn to shoot corner threes much more often than they learn to Kobe-step.That ability to pick up hard-to-master skills is what makes Leonard such an intriguing prospect, even now as a credible MVP candidate. He still isn’t as natural a passer as many of the other perimeter players who are the nexus of their teams, but he’s improving. And as we’ve seen with the maturation of Westbrook as a point guard, the transcendent passing gene may come only by birthright, but you can get pretty damn far with time and stubbornness. So far, Leonard has gone from a 13 percent assist rate the last two seasons to 18 percent this season. That’s partly just a function of using more possessions, but the capacity and willingness to do that are part of his growth. And the notion that at 25 years old, Leonard is playing this well but has clear paths to improvement is downright lurid.All this newfound offensive firepower comes alongside Leonard’s reputation as an all-world defender. The game-winning block Monday night will stand out, but it’s Leonard’s body of work that speaks for itself. His defensive numbers have been a little hard to decipher this season (they dipped badly early in the season), but defensive metrics in the NBA often are. His metrics have since normalized, and while his defensive Real Plus-Minus is still just OK, he’s now back near the top of the league in points allowed per 100 possessions as the primary defender (82.1 points per 100 possessions) and is recovering on the leaderboards of other individual stats.In all likelihood, even a sustained run of games like Monday night’s won’t do much to change Leonard’s reputation as a souped-up role player. In fact, he’s averaged 33.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 steals in four games in March and erupted in high-profile games, such as a dominating 41-point game in a win over LeBron’s Cavs in January.Yet folks are still trying to act surprised about a pull-up and a chasedown coming in quick succession against the Rockets. To change those stripes, he’ll have to take this act deep into the playoffs, into the marquee rounds against marquee opposition, and outduel his more famous counterparts.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2014-1513.045.023.0 2013-1410.451.918.3 Kawhi Leonard creates his own offense now The San Antonio Spurs have spent years tinkering with their style in plain sight. Since they drafted Tim Duncan in 1997, the Spurs have gone through the bruising Twin Towers and Bruce Bowen bully-ball eras; the high-octane, ball-movement era featuring Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw; and, more recently, a post-heavy attack built around LaMarcus Aldridge. San Antonio’s shifting styles have kept it current with league trends and accentuated the roster’s strengths, but traditionally, that’s meant that the Spurs’ reputation has been slightly out of step with how the team is actually playing at any given moment. Now, that disconnect between the team’s rep and its play has transferred to its best player. Kawhi Leonard is staging a bona-fide MVP campaign while playing a very different brand of basketball than he did the last time he was at the center of the basketball-watching universe.On Monday night, the Spurs took down the Houston Rockets thanks to a late-game charge led by Leonard, who went for 39 points that included a contested pull-up three followed by a game-sealing block on fellow MVP candidate James Harden.That’s as good a late-game effort as you’ll see most nights, but it’s also not altogether different from what Leonard does from night to night. That some are (correctly) holding it up as the moment Leonard’s MVP campaign launched in earnest is pretty solid evidence that the image of Leonard many fans have — dutiful two-way cog in the Spurs machine, in balance with the talented Spurs roster around him — isn’t really the guy who’s out there this season.Instead, Kahwi Leonard has stopped playing quite so much like Kawhi Leonard and taken up the game of a go-to superstar. In 2013-14, the last season the Spurs won the title, Leonard’s usage percentage was just 18.3 during the regular season, which is low for a key offensive player. Of the possessions he did use, 28 percent came on spot-up shots, and an additional 22 percent came in transition; 52 percent of his 2-point shots were assisted, making him much more reliant on others for his offense than the typical perimeter star. His role was as an elite defender and a floor spacer, not a key creator in the offense. 2012-137.754.416.4 RATE SEASONASSISTASSISTED 2PUSAGE Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2011-126.6%53.2%14.5% While Leonard has steadily grown into one of the most efficient players in the league over the last few seasons, he has still carried the label of a system player. Even last season, his most-common play type was the spot-up jumper (on which he scored a phenomenal 125.1 points per 100 possessions), which has obvious value but doesn’t fit the traditional go-to guy mold. read more

We are good to PLP Women lineup in support behind Bahamas Leader

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 16, 2017 – Nassau – PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis took his ‘Road to Convention’ to a special conclave hosted by the New Providence Women’s Branch of the PLP on Saturday, October 7th at Sir Lynden Pindling House.   After spending most of the day travelling with Mr. Davis, the first female Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt was also in attendance at the conclave.   Mother Pratt shared a tearful story of the love, friendship, and kindheartedness of Party Leader Davis, who, she related, had come to her rescue in her most difficult time.As Mr. Davis took the podium with cheers from supporters, he began by celebrating womanhood as he went on to describe women as “Strong, resourceful, resilient, wise, loving, tender and nurturing are all words to describe women, whom God designed to be the equal counterparts of man.”For the past few weeks, the Party Leader has made campaign stops in his “Road to Convention” travels across the country, sharing his message to rebuild and renew the PLP.“I am committed to the PLP!  I believe in our party.  I believe we are the best vehicle to bring about real change and progress for our people.  Our core values are as relevant today as they were 60-plus years ago,” Davis told the women of the party.Outlining his plan for the organization moving forward, Mr. Davis told the women supporters gathered, “I pledge to ensure that the Women’s Branch receive an annual stipend from the Central Party.   The work of the Women’s Branch is fundamentally important to the effectiveness and future success of the Party.”Mr. Davis also announced his commitment to young Bahamians, ensuring that particularly women are adequately represented in his parliamentary team.    “The Parliamentary team of the PLP acts as its standard-bearer in the public and is in effect a representation of what we claim to be.“We must ensure that women and young people are active leaders and participants on this team so that we reflect the reality of the current demographics of The Bahamas.”Assuring supporters that he intends to lead a Party with a united voice, Mr. Davis added, “…we must restore and maintain discipline and order among the rank and file of the membership of the PLP.“As a priority, I will, as your Leader, ensure that the Party speaks with a common voice and approaches the next election with a singular purpose.”Mr. Davis’ remarks were received with thunderous applause and loud shouts by delegates attending the conclave to “Be Brave”!Press Release: Philip Brave Davis – Leader of Opposition Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

BAHAMAS RBDF Personnel attend Customs and Excise Church Service

first_img(RBDF Photos by Able Seaman James Carey) RBDF Photo 4 shows: Cannon Basil Tynes, Rector of St. Barnabas Anglican Church bringing the message at the Annual Customs Service on January 21, 2018. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 24, 2018 – Nassau – Officers and Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force attended The Bahamas Customs and Excise Annual Church Service this past Sunday 21st January, 2018 at St Barnabas Church.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force saw fit to loan support to the members of the Customs Department as they assembled to give thanks to God to earmark the start of their national customs week.  Also in attendance was the Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honorable K. Peter Turnquest, as well as the Member of Parliament for Fort Charlotte Mr. Mark Humes.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force works closely with the Bahamas Department of Customs in the execution of its duties and the members of the Force are endowed with certain powers also under the Customs Act.Photo captions: Headershows: Director of Immigration Clarence Russell, Commissioner of Police Mr. Anthony Ferguson, Customs Comptroller Gennine Moss, Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright.Insert shows: A contingent of RBDF Officers at the Annual Customs Service at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on January 21, 2018. RBDF Photo 3 shows: RBDF Lieutenant Commanders Sonia Miller and Natasha Miller attending the Annual Customs Service at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on January 21, 2018. Related Items:last_img read more

Large tree falls onto the Starlight Theater in Balboa Park

first_img Jonathan Halvorson FacebookTwitter Posted: July 1, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Starlight Theater in Balboa Park was damaged when a large tree fell Monday morning.A Save Starlight spokesperson said no one was injured.Tree removal crews worked to cut and remove the tree from Monday morning. July 1, 2019 Large tree falls onto the Starlight Theater in Balboa Parklast_img