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Who's the better overall player: Kobe Bryant or Kawhi Leonard?

ESPN's Max Kellerman made headlines (and a lot of enemies) by claiming on First Take that Kawhi Leonard was more clutch than NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Many fans and a few NBA players took to social media to defend the Black Mamba, who is considered one of the greatest players ever. However, Leonard has made himself into an elite scorer while also maintaining his status as one of the best defenders in the league. Who would you pick? 🏀

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Only three years after he retired and Kobe Bryant is already forgotten? The Black Mamba terrorized the NBA with his assassin-like demeanor, ripping apart teams with a cold precision rarely seen.

With clutch play, you need someone who is fearless, and no one was more willing to put everyone on his back like Bryant. YouTube is filled with reel after reel of his greatest clutch performances and everyone in the NBA recognizes his greatness in crunch time. In twenty years, he built one of the most complete NBA resumes: 18 All-Star Game appearances, 12 All-Defensive Team selections and five NBA Championships don't lie.

Leonard might one day be Kobe Bryant, but as of now, the Lakers legend is the better player.

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Kobe Bryant fans will go to any lengths to blind themselves from recognizing other players' greatness. Kawhi Leonard might not have the same career as Bryant, but he brings a lethal efficiency and overall brilliance that only the Claw has.

Mamba fans love to debate on reputation alone while Leonard has numbers to back him up. Kawhi has a better field-goal percentage and three-point percentage in clutch situations according to ESPN. Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report explained that Leonard has better peaks in key stats like playoff box plus-minus and playoff-win shares per 48 minutes.

Numbers don't lie, and while the sample size might be smaller, Kawhi has proven to be a better overall player at his peak than Bryant.

FINAL RESULTS
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Who's the better overall player: Kobe Bryant or Kawhi Leonard?
#MambaOverClaw
A festive crown for the winner
#KawhiBetter