freethedevil wrote:AdagioPace wrote:If I was participating I wouldn't wote for Kawhi yet (Durant, Giannis, Harden, Barkley, Ewing...so many people deserving).....but: 2017 Kawhi (ultimate spurs version) would have a way better case than 2019 Kawhi. His RS is clearly superior and his PS (even assuming his stats would have settled vs the Warriors in the WCF) is comparable to its '19 counterpart until that point. Winning bias is really something...
Kawhi getting injured in 2017 basically destroys his case.
I think his RS still keeps him afloat in terms of total value. People don't realize how much worse Kawhi was during the 2019 RS by RPM and availability. If number of games is a problem: TMac is already in and he didn't go past the first round (even though his RS is too good to ignore). CP3's seasons are also being considered despite either being cut short by early elimination or injuries.
More importantly: Kawhi's injury vs the Warriors is a random occurrence with no relationship with Kawhi's injury history (anybody would have gotten injured in that situation, ex novo. You already knew what it was going to happen the moment Zaza put his foot under him). On the other hand, the injury against the Rockets has to do with Kawhi's body, I aknowledge. At the same time Kawhi was already "over" the "Rockets injury" in the same way he was managing himself in this years' the finals. What I'm saying, 2017 KAwhi doesn't deserve penalization over 2019 Kawhi. They're basically the same player. The only difference is that one got f..... by some rare traumatic event/occurrence (ill-intentioned) that has nothing to do with his vulnerability or his body's previous history.