In the build-up to tonight's game between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, the Dubs' head coach, Steve Kerr, has dished out some high praise for one of the Texas franchise's roster.
Speaking just hours ahead of the hugely anticipated matchup, Kerr described San Antonio small forward Kawhi Leonard as "probably the best two-way player in the league now."
Considering the names on his own roster, that is high praise indeed from the Warriors HC but there is no doubt that Leonard has been a dominant force at both ends of the court this year:
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"We always talk about two-way players and how important it is, especially in the modern NBA, where you can't hide a guy at either end," Kerr said, via CBS Sports. "He's probably the best two-way player in the league now."
"You have to deal with him in all kinds of different ways... He's a terror on defense, and offensively he's gotten better and better.
"His 3-point shooting is really, really good. And he's so strong that he can score around the rim. He's a great player, and it's kind of slowly but surely become his team in a lot of ways."
With Tim Duncan sitting out tonight's clash of the two Western Conference rosters, Leonard will be an even more crucial part of the Spurs' gameplan.
Despite being just 24-years-old, however, the 2014 Finals MVP has already shown he can handle that responsibility.
To this point, Leonard is averaging 22 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.1 steals with a PER of 25.9.
Let's not forget, of course, that the Warriors themselves have an elite two-way player in the shape of Draymond Green - just another reason Monday night's game could be a classic.
NBA fans: Do you agree with Kerr? And who will win out of Spurs and Warriors? Have your say in the comments below...