Kawhi Leonard knows what tweaking his jumper needs

Kawhi Leonard was in DC today, working out for the Washington Wizards.  Mike Prada of SB Nation Basketball and Bullets Forever attended and liked what he saw of Leonard’s weakest skill:

Overall, I was impressed with the way Leonard’s shot looked.  Again, the caveat here is that we’re talking about a small sample size, but Leonard was hitting many of his practice jumpers in both fast-break shooting drills and half-court drills where you’re asked to hit seven foul-line jumpers.  He hit four fast-break mid-range jumpers in a row, minutes after Flip Saunders joked that nobody in the group was doing it.  He also did quite well in the foul-line drill.  I really liked the way his shooting stroke looked – he jumped straight up, had great balance, took his shots at the highest point and did a really good job with his follow-through.  The only thing is we didn’t get to see him shooting three-pointers, which is the shot he absolutely has to master in this league.

Leonard was very specific with the kind of shots he needs to develop.

“I’m just really working on, when the point guard’s coming off the screen, when he penetrates and kicks out to me, I have to knock down that shot. Also, in transition. Or, if a guy is playing off me,  jabbing him off and then lifting up and raising for the three and hitting it consistently.”

Whether it’s a point guard or small forward, the Kings could use a player who can hit consistent shots from the perimeter.  Leonard would definitely have plenty of opportunities for shots off kick-outs playing alongside Tyreke Evans.

So far, no word yet on a potential workout visit for Leonard to Sacramento.


Jonathan Santiago
Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.

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