Ex-NBA guard Gilbert Arenas continues to call out Kawhi Leonard
It seems former NBA guard Gilbert Arenas isn't done talking about San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard.
First, he questioned whether or not Leonard was really that important to the Spurs and referred to him as a system player. Now he is calling Kawhi an over-rated player in the NBA.
During Complex's "Out of Bounds" show co-hosted by Arenas, he called out Kawhi's 2014 NBA Finals MVP nod, how he doesn't shut-down anyone in the NBA, that Kawhi is an average offensive player and it's the Spurs' defense makes him look good.
"2013 -2014 Kawhi got his name as a shut-down defender in the Finals, Finals MVP, for shutting down LeBron James.
LeBron James actually averaged that series 28 points a game, shot 57% from the field, 52% from the 3-point line, was the most efficient player in the playoffs that year.
"They gave him (Kawhi) the Finals (MVP) because LeBron lost. It wasn't because he shut him down. He's considered the best 2-way player but you didn't shut no one down."
You have not actually shut anyone down. You're hiding behind a shrink-defense that shrinks the floor, and you're sticking the best player, you win the game, you're this guy."
And if that wasn't enough, Arenas claims Leonard's offensive numbers that season were not that great.
"You only average 21 points. You weren't killing anybody."
You go to the second round (versus Thunder) and you face two stars (Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant) and you were the fourth best player on the floor that year.
His matchup was KD (Durant). KD averaged 28 (points) that series. Russell averaged 26 (points) that series.
He's an average offensive guy. When he matches up against the other star he's supposed to shut down, they always have great numbers against him.
Arenas went on to claim Kawhi isn't a 2-way player and proclaimed no one would pick Kawhi to play on their favorite video game squad but did say he is a top-10 player.
"You wouldn't pick this (expletive) on NBA 2K," said Arenas.
Kawhi is one of the best of not the best defensive players in the league. He has the hardware to prove it being named the back-to-back NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015-16) and has steadily increased his offensive output each season since joining the NBA.
In addition, Leonard holds best winning percentage in NBA history with 76.4% and scored in double figures in 110 consecutive games in his career. Not to mention Kawhi is one of just three players in NBA history to win both NBA Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP (Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon are the others).
Thoughts Spurs fans? Let me know on Twitter at @JeffGSpursZone.