Kawhi Leonard SG/SF SA 3 Days
Kawhi Leonard played just 22 minutes against the Hawks during a 102-100 victory on Monday, finishing with four points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover.
His value may have hit a new low and he's been quiet over his last five, averaging 8.2 points, 6.6 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.4 steals and 0.2 triples on 39.9 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe. There is nowhere to go but up, so selling low is not an option for his fantasy owners.
Kawhi Leonard SG/SF SA 5 Days
Kawhi Leonard hit 3-of-8 shots for six points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.
Leonard, along with Patrick Beverley, is one of the most frustrating players to own this season, as he's simply not living up to the high expectations placed on him. He's got a ton of talent and will eventually break free from the reins of Gregg Popovich, but until it happens, he's simply not a must-start fantasy player. He's averaging 9.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.2 steals and a block over his last five games, so it could be worse.
Kawhi Leonard SG/SF SA 8 Days
Kawhi Leonard logged his second double-double of the season on Wednesday with 14 points, 10 boards, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer on 6-of-18 shooting.
He played a season-high 38 minutes tonight, but this was his worst shooting game based on percentage. That has been an area of strength for Kawhi this season, entering tonight making 52.2 percent from the field. Leonard doesn't have eye-popping scoring totals, but he's capable of putting up some huge lines and owners might still be able to buy low before he really gets it going.
Kawhi Leonard SG/SF SA 10 Days
Kawhi Leonard survived the Spurs' blowout win over the Pelicans on Monday, scoring seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes.
'Surviving' is not paying the bills for owners that used a high draft pick on Leonard, but as we've said numerous times he's bound to get things going as the year goes on. Tony Parker survived the blowout with 14 points and seven assists in 25 minutes, as did Tim Duncan with 10 points, five boards, three assists, one steal and three blocks in just 25 minutes.
Kawhi Leonard SG/SF SA 15 Days
Kawhi Leonard had a terrific second half against the Celtics on Wednesday, finishing with 16 points, eight boards, two assists, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.
He had just four points at half before putting the team on his back. Despite a relatively quiet start to the season, Kawhi has been putting up fifth-round value in standard fantasy leagues. He has been dynamite at finishing around the basket and as soon as his 3-pointers start dropping, Leonard could be in for a big season. Keep him in your lineup.
Kawhi Leonard SG/SF SA 20 Days
Kawhi Leonard hit just 3-of-8 shots on his way to six points, nine rebounds and two steals over 30 minutes in Friday's win.
Leonard has not taken on the offensive role that many, Gregg Popovich included, though he would have. Likewise, his minutes are down along with his 3-point shooting and blocks, but slow starts are nothing new for him and he still remains a buy low candidate at this time.
Kawhi Leonard SG/SF SA 22 Days
Kawhi Leonard started out hot, scoring the first eight points of the game for the Spurs on Wednesday, but quickly cooled off to finish with just 13 points, three boards, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
Leonard's quiet start to the season continued tonight leaving owners to pull their hair out. He'll get it going eventually, but the fact he plays for Gregg Popovich certainly doesn't work in his favor.
Kawhi Leonard SG/SF SA 24 Days
Kawhi Leonard was productive in just 24 minutes against the Sixers on Monday with 13 points, eight boards, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 6-of-12 shooting.
He came off the bench in the Spurs' effort to stop Carmelo Anthony on Sunday and was put back into a role as the starter tonight. The Spurs have blown out their opponents in both games and Leonard has played just 23.5 minutes in those outings. The low minutes have created a bit of a false negative, so his perceived value is still a little low despite his increase in per-minute production. There is still a chance to buy low on Leonard.
Kawhi Leonard SG/SF SA 26 Days
Kawhi Leonard came off the bench in Sunday's easy win over the Knicks, scoring 18 points with four boards, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on 7-of-10 shooting in 23 minutes.
As per usual, coach Gregg Popovich got creative today. "[I} Wanted to use [Boris] Diaw and Kawhi on [Carmelo Anthony] throughout game and starting them at same time screws up the minutes," Popovich said. He's one of the best two-way players in the NBA and Pop loves him, despite Leonard's slow start. Before today's game, he averaged just 12.2 points, 5.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.3 steals and 0.5 triples. There are not many better buy-low options out there than one of the 2013 NBA Finals' best players