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Jason Terry: Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson are B-side players

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HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 25: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets battle for position during their game at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Jason Terry rather harshly assessed Klay Thompson, but the Bucks guard’s overall point was generally correct: James Harden is better than Thompson.

Terry’s stance on Kawhi Leonard? Not quite as sound.

Terry on SiriusXM NBA Radio:

Let’s get James Harden, move him to the side over here. He’s an A-side performer, right?

Let’s go to the B side. The B-side performers in the NBA. That is Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson. Those two right there.

B side is being a support-cast role but not really a bench player. The A Side is your superstar. It is your great player. It is your guy. That’s LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry – these guys – Chris Paul.

Terry is not the first NBA player to undervalue Leonard. There were narratives established long ago – the Spurs are Tim Duncan’s team; the Spurs’ big three is Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili; the Spurs’ success is predicated on Gregg Popovich’s system – that serve to poach credit from Leonard.

Reality: Leonard is one of the NBA’s very best players. He was the best player on a team that reached back-to-back Finals, won one and then won 67 games the following year. Leonard even finished second in MVP voting last season, which surprised me considering the aforementioned narratives. I really thought he had broken through to gain the recognition he deserved.

But Terry’s diss proves there’s still a way to go.