Kawhi Leonard is averaging over 25 points per game with a usage rate over 30 this season as he's continued to take on a bigger role within the San Antonio Spurs' offense.
Despite the increase in his role on offense, Leonard remains one of the NBA's best defensive players.
"He’s done it for us the entire time he’s been there," Gregg Popovich said. "At the offensive end, I think our players get less minutes than other players at those positions if I’m not mistaken. I don’t think he’s ever going to be worn out. I’m not going to play him like Latrell Sprewell. The bottom line is that he’s getting paid to do both. So get your ass out there and do both, if you want to know the truth. If you don’t want to do both then we’ll pay you $4 million."
The Spurs initially wanted Leonard to be a bigger version of Bruce Bowen.
"We’d be exaggerating if we said we knew what he was going to be," Popovich said. "Kind of like Manu (Ginobili). Or Tony (Parker). It just worked out for us. We needed size when we made that trade. Kawhi had such size and we thought he had the foot speed to move from an inside player to the three position. So we decided to roll the bones and found out that he’s got the same attitude that Tim Duncan had. He comes early, he stays late, he wants to be great. He’s just a sponge."