He’s the only player in the top-5 in both offensive (5th) and defensive win shares (1st). Leonard’s overall win shares are second in the NBA to Curry.
His shooting has improved to a 56.9% effective field goal percentage this season, 8th in the NBA and a rate 9% better than last season.
And then, we realize that Leonard is still just 24 years old.
In the last 5 seasons, only Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant have had higher efficiencies at a younger age.
The only players in NBA history as young (or younger) with a higher efficiency and effective field goal percentage are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal.
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