Many people are hesitant to give Kawhi the respect he deserves, a problem that former Spur Tim Duncan use to have as well. Kawhi’s quiet demeanor isn’t appealing to casual fans but he must do what Duncan did and accumulate championships to turn the skeptics into believers. Kawhi has been called a “system player” versus a true franchise player in the past, largely because of the Spurs great offense--this couldn’t be more incorrect. It is too easy for people to not recognize what the stats clearly show--winning will make them recognize.
2) Best Player in The League:
To be considered the best he has to beat the best and he can no longer be denied his throne as top player in the league. LeBron James still resides on the top of the mountain in many people’s eyes and Kawhi has beat him before (2014 Finals MVP) but not as the player he is today. The Spurs are undoubtedly his team so beating Lebron in Finals this time would definitely set the tone for him being considered the best player in the world. If he can top LeBron again, at this stage of his career, how will critics deny him?
1) Finals MVP Awards:
If Kawhi could garner another award of this caliber it would only elevate his legacy to a new height. He would become a part of an exclusive club of NBA legends who have had multiple Final MVP awards. To put that in perspective the last person to have more than one in recent memory, not named LeBron James, was Kobe Bean Bryant. Before Bryant only Shaq and Duncan have achieved this status since Jordan and Olajuwon in the 90’s.