DeMarcus Cousins says he sees ‘flashes of Kobe’ in Kawhi Leonard


When you think of Kawhi Leonard, his prowess at the defensive end of the floor immediately comes to mind. He's won the Defensive Player of the Year award in each of the last two seasons, but this year especially, it feels like he's added an elite offensive game to match.

After San Antonio got a 102-94 win in Sacramento on Thursday, Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins had the highest of praise for Leonard, comparing him to one of the game's all-time greats.

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“He was hitting shots over two guys,” Cousins said. “I heard he was working with Kobe, and there were some flashes of Kobe tonight. He's really good.”

Through the first two games of the season — both of which were Spurs victories — Leonard is averaging 32.5 points, four rebounds and four assists. Oh, and he's still a terror on the defensive end of the floor, too: Leonard is averaging five steals per contest.

Sacramento Kings C DeMarcus Cousins – once again too honest while assessing a player. This time talking about Kawhi Leonard.