2019 NBA MVP Race: Ranking the Top 5 Contenders

Tim Hollis

#4 Kawhi Leonard

Toronto Raptors v Washington Wizards
Toronto Raptors v Washington Wizards

After missing almost all of last season through injury, no-one was quite sure how Kawhi would perform this season. Having been traded to Toronto over the off-season, the trade definitely looks like a success for the Raptors so far.

Leonard has been excellent on the court this season, pushing the Raptors to 2nd place in the East. He is averaging the most points and rebounds of his career, averaging 27.1 points and 7.4 rebounds respectively.

In addition to being one of the league’s best offensive players, he is also dynamic on the defensive end. Having previously won the Defensive Player of the Year award, he is renowned for his ability to lock up the top opposing wing threat.

Having won an NBA Title and Finals MVP before, Kawhi’s regular season excellence should also translate to the post-season. If he can avoid serious injury, Toronto are definite title threats to be wary of.

Edited by Zaid Khan
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