NBA: Kawhi Leonard, best defender for the second consecutive year
After the regular season, the NBA begins to deliver the prizes to the best course 2015-2016. And the first prize in advertising has been the Best Defender, an award which went back into Kawhi Leonard. Since Dennis Rodman won it in 1990 and 1991, no player other than a center had won this award for two consecutive years.
The award was shared with the votes of 130 journalists who delivered 5, 3 and 1 point. 130, 129 gave points to the eaves of the San Antonio Spurs and 84 of them in first position, for a total of 547 points. Like last year, Leonard fought in the vote Draymmond Green , eaves of the Golden State Warriors, while the pivot of the Heat Hassan Whiteside was the other player who has received maximum points by at least two voters.
Leonard has averaged 1.78 steals (less than last year) and 0’99 plugs (his best career high ), plus 5’5 defensive rebounds per game. And, in terms of statistics, which has made the leap forward this year this has been the offensive level, finishing the season with 21’2 points and 2.6 assists, best brands in its five years in the NBA in both facets.
Where his defensive impact is is global, watching as the Spurs are the team that gives up fewer points in the league, only 92’9 per game average. Gregg Popovich soldiers are also the best defensive statistics in the ratio, which measures the points that fit the team average per hundred possessions. In this case, they have ended the season with a ratio of 96.6 points.
The ratio substantially improved when Kawhi Leonard is on the court, because with it down the middle to the 94’9 and without it rises above the overall average, to 99.2. It is in these numbers where the impact of the presence of Kawhi Leonard on track to defend his team and rivals attacks seen.