Respect the Claw
Written by Marcus17
Being a Spurs fan once I saw this card I felt it needed to be seriously reviewed, it is absolutely insane much in the same way he is on the NBA court. This is my first attempt at a review so please don't go too harsh on the comments but any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.
- Defense: These stats are simply breath taking and truly reflect his ability to guard literally ANY position. The combination of quickness and those HOF badges make him a true elite presence in any defensive assignment and considering all those 99 stats, would you expect anything else.
- Shooting: In recent years Kawhi's 3-ball has become a significant aspect in the Spurs offense and something that has been central his improvement and this really shines in the card. This card can shoot from anywhere mid-range or outside and with the limitless range and deep range dead-eye badges you can be chucking up contested half-courts like a cheesy Warriors band-wagoner.
- Inside scoring: Well, what can I say. If he isn't shooting threes, he is living in the paint and teaching lessons on finesse finishes. His dunking ability and reliability to score those easy buckets really stands out. Plus his dunking tendencies mean that you know he'll throw it down at any opportunity.
- Playmaking: Had reasonable stats in this area and has the capability to handle the ball. At a stretch you could use him to run the floor and shows himself to be a reliable presence for the 3 spot in this area.
- Ummmm: Post scoring might not be the highest I guess? Really, he just exposes weaknesses in the other team's lineup.
Recommended Strategy: Use him to guard the best player on the other team, no matter the position. Can make a living from behind the arc and in the paint so pull up shots and driving 1 v 1 are constant options. Would shine when running plays as the receiver and would do well as the screener in pick pop/roll game.
Other Comments: Could do well starting in the PF position with more than capable defense to lock down any 4, whilst giving a shooting and athleticism advantage.
Use if: You (like everyone else) needs someone who can do anything.
Don't use if: You don't want talent on your team, or you are a Warriors fan who hates challengers to their ring monopoly.
Bottom Line: A great player to build around who would benefit from playmaking support in the 1 and 2. He does anything you really want from a SF and can match it with the best of them on offense, while completely shutting them down on the defensive end.