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Kawhi Leonard: Star or not?

Teammates, coaches just talking him up, or is he a star on the rise?

Updated: June 15, 2014, 5:34 PM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

After Kawhi Leonard posted back-to-back dominant performances in the NBA Finals, arguably outplaying LeBron James in the process, the Kawhi Leonard excitement bandwagon has reached its maximum capacity.

Leonard's development over the past two seasons has played a major role in the San Antonio Spurs' resurgence, as well as their appearance in back-to-back NBA Finals. His teammates say he is just scratching the surface of his talent; his coach says he is the future face of the franchise.

Are these the normal platitudes spoken of a player to hype him up? Or is Leonard truly a star in the making?

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