By Trevor Zickgraf, Project Spurs.com
LAS VEGAS - Before the Spurs tipped off with the Atlanta Hawks, I had the privilege to be sitting next to ESPN analyst David Thorpe (we just call him Coach Thorpe). Coach had a chance to talk about the Spurs' Summer League roster. He didn't realize that Kawhi Leonard was on the Spurs Summer League squad and said he thinks it's great opportunity for both the Spurs and Leonard.
"You don’t come to Summer League to have him fine-tune the same role he plays next to Manu and Tony and Tim," Thorpe said. "Here, the whole point of this is to find out what else he has and a lot of teams don’t do that. They just kind of plug the player in to a hole and let them stay there forever. I think it’s smart for the Spurs to find out what they have."
The knock on Leonard when he was drafted was that he couldn't shoot. By the end of the season he ability to shoot the corner three was good enough that it allowed him to use an upfake and get to the basket. Coach Thorpe said he thinks Leonard is at the very least going to be a valuable role player and very good shooter moving forward, but added he thought Summer League was where we would start to find out where Leonard will end up as an offensive player.
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