Suns didn’t draft Kawhi Leonard, in part, because he sweated too much during interview
A snapshot of the 2011 NBA draft:
- 13. Markieff Morris, Suns
- 14. Marcus Morris, Rockets
- 15. Kawhi Leonard, Pacers (for Spurs)
The Morrii have had nice careers, but why did Phoenix pass on Leonard, who has become one of the NBA’s best players?
That’s from a 2015 article, but the humor and lesson are lasting.
Teams sometimes drive themselves crazy in the pre-draft process by overanalyzing players. Interviews are important, but like every factor, nobody should overreact to them.
The Spurs didn’t see a sweaty wreck. They saw a good defender with potential to develop offensively and the diligence to work at his craft. And they were very right.