When the San Antonio Spurs completed their 4-1 thumping of the Miami Heat, Kawhi Leonard (22 years, 351 days old) became the third youngest player in history to win an NBA Finals MVP award.
Technically, he’s the second youngest as Magic Johnson sits above him in the rankings at age 20 and 22.
Leonard was quiet during the first two games, but still managed to average 17.8 points while shooting 61 per cent from the floor. His 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Spurs’ Game 5 victory makes him just the fifth-youngest player to nab at least 20 points and 10 boards in a series-clinching NBA Finals game, and the youngest to do that since Kobe Bryant in 2001 at 22 years and 296 days.
He’s just the sixth player to be named Finals MVP in a season which they were not selected in an All-Star team.
Check out Kawhi’s Top 10 plays of the 2013-2014 season. The most insanely impressive element is that out of these ten plays, SEVEN of them occurred during the playoffs (TWO in the Finals!).
Oh, also, he dunks all over Serge Ibaka.
What a stud.
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