I don't know how it's possible, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time I saw that video of Kawhi's predraft workout and I almost couldn't believe what I was watching. Not from a basketball standpoint where it was very clear that Kawhi was going to be a two way monster and athletic freak, but from the fact that it was the most I've heard him talk maybe ever. Kawhi being open and giving in depth answers and not robot talk? How do I sign up for more of that. Just goes to show the second he stepped into the Spurs facility they programmed that shit right out of him.
But they also helped fix Kawhi's shot which essentially opened up the possibility of him becoming a top 2-3 player in the NBA. That was a knock against Kawhi and one of the reasons he fell a little bit in his draft year. Here's what's crazy though, he shot 49/37% as a rookie! He's a career 49/38% shooter and didn't really lose all that much efficiency as his role expanded as a Spur. I guess all that talk predraft about his shooting was a crock of shit. He did shoot just 25% from three in college so maybe that was enough to scare people off, but he got into that Spurs incubator and came out a legit shooter.
Looking at that workout, it's hard to understand how 14 players were selected before Kawhi. I know there's some hindsight in play when you do this exercise, but some of the names are flat out hilarious. Guys like Jan Vesely, Derrick Williams, Alec Burks, Jimmer, the Morris twins, not exactly a group of guys that blow your dick off. Definitely a great NBA "what if" had Kawhi been selected earlier, think of how that changes the future of three franchises. Maybe the Spurs don't win those rings, he never forces his way to TOR and they most definitely don't have a ring, he's probably not a Clipper, the NBA as we know it would be drastically different.
Keep this in mind as we approach this year's draft. Remember, you can always teach someone how to shoot. Last thing you want to do is pass up on the next Kawhi because maybe he had a shaky jumper in college.