In many eyes, Kawhi Leonard is already one of the best players in the NBA today.
At just 25-years-old the small forward is an All-Star, a two-time, back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year, an NBA champion and a Finals MVP after successfully keeping LeBron James quiet back in 2013.
He might not have the mainstream fanfare that LeBron, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, or even the recently-retired Kobe Bryant have, but he is still one of the very top players in the league.
Now that Tim Duncan has departed the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard is certainly their leader, too.
Much like Duncan, Leonard is a quiet and reserved personality off of the court. In fact on Twitter, he only follows six people.
One of the people he follows is reigning Sixth Man of the Year, Jamal Crawford.
The Clippers volume scorer off the bench answered a fan who queried why that was yesterday, and Crawford had a cryptic, yet somewhat revealing response.
It's hard to see where the parallels come from here. Crawford is eleven years older than Leonard, was born in Seattle and went to Michigan college.
Leonard, on the other hand, was born in Los Angeles and attended San Diego State.
We're not sure where the connection began, but Leonard certainly appears to appreciate Crawford's influence.