When the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs square off Saturday in Texas, one of the best players in the game will be sitting on the sidelines.
The Spurs announced Friday that MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard has entered the NBA’s Concussion Protocol and will not play. Leonard was injured when he was hit in the head in Thursday’s Spurs-Thunder game.
Leonard is averaging 26.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game with the Spurs, who trail the Warriors by two games for the top seed in the West.
Another slow tempo player whose counting stats are hurt by pace, Iwundu did everything he could to help himself in Kansas State’s two games.
Against Wake Forest, he was the driving force on both ends behind a terrific performance. On offense, his ability to slash and create for others was extremely important to Kansas State. Defensively, his ability to cover up for his teammates in help was crucial in slowing down Wake Forest’s attack, particularly against Keyshawn Woods.
Iwundu’s swing skill as an NBA player is going to be the jump shot. With some mechanical changes this year, Iwundu nearly doubled the amount of 3s he hit over the course of his first three years combined. However, the jury is still out on how effective it will be moving out to NBA 3-point range.
He affects the game in so many other ways, plus has elite size and good athleticism at his position, so he could end up making a roster without the jumper. But with it, he can become a legitimate rotation player in the league. Good stuff from him in front of scouts this week.