Toronto Raptors: Kawhi Leonard season preview

Toronto Raptors - Kawhi Leonard (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
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While some of you might roll your eyes at me when I say this, but,  I genuinely had a tough time coming up with any weaknesses for Leonard.

Offensively, Leonard’s “biggest” weaknesses are coupled in his passing and ball handling abilities. Leonard is going to be relied upon heavily, especially during crunch time, so his ability to control the ball is going to play a large factor.  Even with the point guard tandem of Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, Leonard is going to need to be able to move the ball around. One of the Raptors key points for success last year was based around the ball movement to the next guy to get the open shot. So if Leonard wants to thrive in the offense he’s going to need to be able to work on his passing.

With that being said both his handles and his passing are up to snuff. Leonard might not look like Kyrie Irving when dribbling the ball or Chris Paul when dishing it out but don’t worry, he’ll get the job done.

Defensively, there’s only one slight knock on Leonard and that is the fact that he’s not a great rebounder having only averaged 5.8 during the 2016 campaign. Keeping in mind though that Leonard wasn’t brought to this team to rebound so that should not be detrimental for the Raptors.