He's been good on defence this year, no doubt , that being said it's 4 games.
"as close to Kawhi as can be", Kawhi EARNED that reputation due to his dogged, day in day out consistent defence over 8 YEARS , not 4 games.
His offence/confidence is definitely looking better this year and I'm really happy for him considering what happened to him on and off the court last year.
I called a spade a spade last year when he was bad, and I like I said at the beginning of the season, if we're going to have good season this year he will have to be a big part of that, and I think he will be.
-22 is young, but Zion, Trae, RJ Luka etc etc are younger, as is much of the 1 and done NBA, and in that context, he's not that young.
-maybe it's his gate or lack of fluidity, but I just don't see a superstar or a transcendent talent in OG. Can he avg 18 pgg?? possibly, but if he gives me 15, 5 and 5 Ion a nightly basis, I'll be happy.
It's been four games, but who's counting?
Kawhi Leonard's stats in his age-22 season (third year in the NBA just like OG):
12.8 ppg on 52.2% shooting, 37.9% 3PT, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 apg, 1.7 steals, 0.8 blocks in 29.1 minutes per game.
Leonard's true breakout season came two years later at the age of 24. Before then, he was considered one of the league's best defensive players, but many considered him to be nothing more than an elite 3-and-D guy.
Every player obviously develops at a different rate. The rare player is an instant superstar, but most require years of development before they ascend to such levels, such as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and the aforementioned Kawhi Leonard. Some guys, despite their high draft status, reach their ceilings at a very young age (see Blake Griffin) or never reach it at all. The latter is the most likely scenario for the vast majority of players. The advantages that OG has are a) he's not being asked to do a lot of heavy lifting this year; b) he's in a great, winning environment; and c) he's with an organization that is renowned for its player development. Some guys don't have these luxuries, but OG, like Leonard, does. OG won't be a star this year, but it's not out of the question to think he'll be in the running for Most Improved Player and down the road he could be a perennial candidate for the All-Defence Teams or possibly develops into a star player.