In box that were still adult for discuss (you know, given a polling sealed a month ago), San Antonio’s Game 6 blowout of a Houston Rockets with Leonard on a dais served as all a justification we need.
With Leonard on a sideline, a Spurs played a classic, Spurs-ian game. They changed a round on offense, anticipating a open male and punishing a smaller Rockets on a interior. At one point, Houston had 64 sum points, while San Antonio had 54 points in a paint alone.
This is no complaint of Leonard, no matter what some competence tell you. (If anything, a outcome showed how profitable James Harden is to a Rockets. When he vanishes while somehow withdrawal his fleshly form behind, Houston is doomed.) In fact, credit LaMarcus Aldridge for personification within himself and a Spurs’ healthy descent flow. He would have looked right during home on a championship-winning teams that kick LeBron James’ Miami Heat.
Yet that’s a point. The Spurs haven’t had that same leisure of transformation with Leonard using a offense this season, since he’s training on a job. He’s training quickly, sure, though he’s not utterly during a chosen turn as a primary descent choice that so many people consider he is.
He’s still adding pieces to his diversion — exploring what it means to be a creator on offense and a destroyer on defense, while perplexing to strike a change between a dual — and handling to play like one of a NBA’s really best players along a way.
You can be impossibly valuable, removing better, and not be a MVP. There’s some grey area left in this world, right?