“Kawhi Leonard had one of the most historic performances in NBA history”: Clippers superstar puts himself alongside Steph Curry and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar following Game 7 win

Samir Mehdi
|Published 07/06/2021

Kawhi Leonard puts up an incredible 7 game series against the Mavericks and puts his name alongside the likes of Steph Curry and Kareem. 

Kawhi Leonard was nothing short of sensational in the Clippers first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks. Despite the fact that the Clippers lost games 1 and 2 to start the series off, Kawhi would bounce back from a lackluster Game 1 performance of going 9-22 from the field to drop 41 points in their Game 2 loss on 67% shooting. 

The story of these Playoffs for Kawhi Leonard in these past 7 games has been the fact that he’s been able to score at will on an outrageous shooting clip. Games like where he’d miss merely 4 shots and still drop 30 points were becoming normal for the New Balance athlete. This Zion-like shooting happened twice in the series where he’d go 11-15 in one game, and 13-17 in another.

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Unlike Zion Williamson however, Kawhi Leonard is a legit 3-level scorer. He’s able to get to the rack with ease, post up for a fadeaway in the mid-range, or drain 3s off the catch or on dribble hand-offs across the perimeter. 

Kawhi Leonard inserts himself into conversations alongside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Steph Curry. 

To show just how great Kawhi Leonard has been in these past 7-games the Clippers have had against the Mavericks, it is only right to list off a couple overarching stats from the series.

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He’s the only the 4th player in NBA history to put up 200+ points in a Playoff series while shooting 60+% from the field. He joins legends such as Shaquille O’Neal in 2000, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1984, and Bernard King in 1977 to ever accomplish such a feat.  

You know you’ve ascended into the uppermost echelon of superstardom if you’re in the same category as Shaq in 2000. 

Another incredible measure for how incredible the ‘Fun Guy’ was, he posted up the second highest effective field goal percentage in the past 55 years for a player averaging 30+ points in a Playoff series. The first of course, is Steph Curry in 2017 against a San Antonio Spurs team that ironically featured Kawhi Leonard himself.


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Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi is an NBA Editor at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.

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