It’s about time people recognize Kawhi as the best player in the world - Max Kellerman | First Take

  • Published on Jun 14, 2019
  • Max Kellerman praises Kawhi Leonard’s efforts throughout the 2019 NBA Finals for the Toronto Raptors and declares Kawhi is the best player in the world.
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  • Crazy Sauce
    Crazy Sauce Day ago

    Why would they consider this after 1 finals series y’all know lbj better

  • Samantha Llewellyn

    Wow so Max knew he was going to the Clippers! But on the real though, Kawhi is truly special!

  • Steve
    Steve 2 days ago +1

    Stephen A is the biggest moron in sports. How does this guy have a job?

  • Raffouw9
    Raffouw9 4 days ago

    Damn, 2:59 watching this 1 month later is weird. Clips got PG now...

  • KingThunder
    KingThunder 4 days ago +1

    He ain’t better than Micheal Jordan

    ISOGOD 6 days ago

    To be very honest for a lebron fan if the warriors did have their full lineup they would of won in my opion

  • Vadne Graves
    Vadne Graves 6 days ago

    Sorry But no Kevin Durant is better . The only reason why the Warrios lost was because the Raptors injured Kd and Klay both twice

  • DGMG Neco
    DGMG Neco 9 days ago


  • DGMG Neco
    DGMG Neco 9 days ago


  • Zoinks
    Zoinks 9 days ago

    Over the past few weeks, everything that has come out of Stephen A Smith's mouth has been nonsense.

  • kody scot
    kody scot 10 days ago

    Fatboy never played ball krispy kreme mvp

  • Drone Kings in Darwin
    Drone Kings in Darwin 10 days ago

    Wow. Max called it early. Kawhi to the clippers.

  • Vatti
    Vatti 11 days ago

    You don’t need to be the most skilled player to be the best. If you have all the talent of the world but you are an idiot or injury prone then you are not the best.
    Kawhi is the best player in the world right now

  • Vatti
    Vatti 11 days ago

    My fav player

  • Sean Lopez
    Sean Lopez 11 days ago

    They winning the season it’s klaw time

  • 1million subs without a video challenge

    I trust max from now on

  • Ngom Mamed
    Ngom Mamed 12 days ago +12

    Max was right @3:00 Welcome to Clippers Kawhi & PG

  • Victor Santos
    Victor Santos 12 days ago

    Stephen A. and the other guy are wrong. KD won and beat LBJ, their okay for him to be the best player in the world then. Kawhi against both of their teams on their way to a 3peat. Kawhi denied both players, regardless of excuses. Kawhi didn't make excuses when he didn't play LAST YEAR!!! Only what 9 games and a huge chip on his shoulders??? then walks in with a new team, beats the best team in the season, then the defending champion with a new coach, new team, new city. I mean if Durant is so much better, how much do you think these analysts would bet, KD wins when he gets back, even with LBJ + AD to win huh??? Kawhi is the best player in the world because he has a mentality to beat these guys with a regular team. Kawhi could have won more titles with LA Lakers but he joins the LA Clippers. I mean they all great players but there can only be one greatest in the era, Kawhi has 2 and LBJ has 3, lets wait and see. Kawhi has taken the harder path and won twice already, something both KD and LBJ couldn't do.... LBJ did the impossible and won with the Cavs. Kawhi want to do the impossible as well and win with LA Clippers for his hometown.

  • Norm L
    Norm L 12 days ago +1

    Stephen A Smith has been wrong on every single one of his predictions. How is he employed?

  • chris rucker
    chris rucker 14 days ago +1

    ask yourself. Can KD lead the Raptors to a championship? I personally don't think so

  • Jeremy Cordova
    Jeremy Cordova 15 days ago

    Fuck Max

  • matty timesup0
    matty timesup0 18 days ago

    Kawhi Leonard > lbj.

  • matty timesup0
    matty timesup0 18 days ago

    Larry bird >lbj.

  • Come.At.Me.Bro.
    Come.At.Me.Bro. 19 days ago

    max needs to chill with his extra ass lol

  • JY kayak fishing
    JY kayak fishing 19 days ago +2

    KD and Kawhi are the two best players in the world right now.

  • jayy quan
    jayy quan 20 days ago

    How is he not the best player ?

  • Canadian funny
    Canadian funny 20 days ago +1

    Right now Kawhi is the best player in the world what are you talking about guys !!!!!!!❤❤❤

  • francis lingat
    francis lingat 21 day ago

    KD cant carry a team on his own

  • nahom mesfin
    nahom mesfin 21 day ago


  • Kareem A.
    Kareem A. 21 day ago

    The one dude in the background with the redskins shirt 💀

  • Rb 26
    Rb 26 22 days ago

    He’s defo the best

  • ABT
    ABT 23 days ago

    1. Lebron
    2. Kawhi ( so close to number one, best player in the playoffs and when it matters. But pure talent and skill, lebron is slightly higher but kawhi will soon overtake him.)
    3. Giannis
    4. KD
    =4. AD
    6. Curry
    7. Harden

  • KawhiEliteLeonard
    KawhiEliteLeonard 23 days ago

    ANTHONY DAVIS??? the guy has been in the pelicans for how many years and hasn't even been in the Conference finals yet

  • Enthusiastic Zestful Villainy

    AD hasnt win shit. KL won two titles and two fmvp with historic playoff. The fuck you talking about?

  • Ahura Mazda
    Ahura Mazda 23 days ago

    1:00 NSA in the background

  • Mashiah Mitchell
    Mashiah Mitchell 24 days ago

    Let’s just compare Lebron’s stats in the last 4 years in the Playoffs for VS Kawhi’s stats in the last 4 years in the Playoffs
    Lebron: 30.8 PTS, 9.7 REB, 8.2 AST
    Kawhi: 24.0 PTS, 7.7 REB, 3.4 AST
    Kawhi is not better than Lebron.

  • ibrahim pirzada
    ibrahim pirzada 24 days ago

    Not Better than Anthony Davis STEPHEN.A IS ON CRACK

  • Kailer Canlas
    Kailer Canlas 24 days ago

    I think Max forgot Kawhi has a team

  • Kyle Fisher
    Kyle Fisher 25 days ago +3

    i like Kellerman but i think the road will be a lot harder for the Clippers. If Kawhi joins the Clips i dont think the 2nd, 3rd and 4th best players on the Clips are equal to Lowry, Gasol and Siakam

  • Hamid Sbh
    Hamid Sbh 25 days ago

    ESPN just hates the raptors lol

  • Ken M23
    Ken M23 25 days ago

    False, Kawhi is way better than AD. Lebron is still number 1, then its a toss-up for the second spot between Kawhi and KD.

  • Karmakanuck
    Karmakanuck 25 days ago

    The dude on the far left should be taken off the panel

  • Outwitting Boundaries
    Outwitting Boundaries 25 days ago

    Neither one of those teams weren’t able to three peat.

  • Lesly Suzelhomme
    Lesly Suzelhomme 25 days ago

    The Klaw is definitely the best one in the world. Even Stephen A Smith don’t really approve that.

  • anthony cruz medina
    anthony cruz medina 25 days ago

    Anthony Davis better then kawhi you are crazy lmao

  • Adrian Brown
    Adrian Brown 26 days ago

    Okaaay max! You been tryna tell em💯

  • haider ali
    haider ali 26 days ago +3

    I say clippers are winning NBA title next year if they get Kawhi because

    Max said not SAS

  • Kia Noush
    Kia Noush 26 days ago

    Kawhi..........Best Player in the World.............he is spectactular, a super star............King of the North..........CONGRATS KAWHI, YOU THE BEST.......CONGRATS TORONTO RAPTORS........The Champs

  • howlade3
    howlade3 26 days ago

    Steven A ... SMH

  • Dylan White
    Dylan White 26 days ago

    Stephan A dumbass

  • Ray Bommon
    Ray Bommon 26 days ago

    It's kinda of crazy all these people talking about nothing, when they didn't even have the Raptors competing for the title, remember they didn't have enough shooters the claw wasn't a leader, now the excuse is the Warriors had a depleted team miss me with all that none of these trolls knows nothing about real basketball skills, they always give the best player in the world title to a guy that only plays on one end of the floor, so how can he be consider the best? Ok when was the last time a MVP won defensive player of the year (Jordan) so who in the NBA is on that level?

  • TheBestMusicOnly
    TheBestMusicOnly 26 days ago

    Kawhi's mediocre regular season will not be enough to be the best player in the world. Sure he had a great playoff run. However if all you had to do was get hot for a month or 2 to be the best in the world, it wouldn't mean anything would it? Frankly you need to do it over 2 or 3 straight seasons to be the best. Afterall, KD served LeBron in 2 straight finals and folks still claimed he was 2nd to LeBron. So how can Kawhi be the best after missing the last 2 yrs, playing an average regular season where he sat out games for rest while guys like Harding were averaging 36? It takes more than one playoff run and one good season in a row to be the best. Come on guys. If ya need answers for basketball questions I'm here for ya. SCHOOL'S OUT!

  • Sheng Cheng
    Sheng Cheng 26 days ago

    Stephen A Smith is falling asleep..

  • Michael Skerritt
    Michael Skerritt 26 days ago +2

    Max Kellerman dropping nothing but facts....

  • The Esotaric Italian
    The Esotaric Italian 26 days ago

    Greek Freek deserves mentioned

  • Nick Russo
    Nick Russo 26 days ago

    Stephen A you feel sorry for 76ers because Kawhi travelled his ass off, the 76ers didnt get the call and thus Kawhi dropped a fucking 1 in a million prayer to beat the 76ers.

  • Kevin McLain
    Kevin McLain 26 days ago

    Raptors don't even beat 76ers without injured Embiid let alone the Warriors or Rockets

  • jhaz89
    jhaz89 27 days ago

    Haha that shot against the sixers was so lucky. Hilarious. It was meant to be that he'd get lucky on that shot, KD would be injured, then klay as well. Congrats though. KD > Kawhi though.

  • Sergio Parker
    Sergio Parker 27 days ago

    His new name is Kawhi the Dynasty stopper see when ever a team is chasing a 3peat on either conference here comes Kawhi Leonard to derailed that plain so I give you Kawhi The Dynasty Stopper lol

  • Iam Irish
    Iam Irish 27 days ago +4

    We are all incredibly proud of Kawhi but it takes a team to win an NBA Championship. Give some credit to Kyle Lowry and other Raptors who played their hearts out and were spectacular during the finals.

  • anthony baker
    anthony baker 27 days ago

    Kawhi is the best player in da nba he he beat 2 dynstys in da finals
    Miami heat big 3 and golden state all star team

  • Craig Harrison
    Craig Harrison 27 days ago

    Its fun to watch Stephen A. and Skip try to downplay leonard. They deserve an academy award for their performance.

  • Noah Wroblewski
    Noah Wroblewski 27 days ago

    Steven a shut up you are stupidness person on the show

  • Erik Bridges
    Erik Bridges 27 days ago

    Hes an good player....but far from goat

  • Anthony Nelson
    Anthony Nelson 27 days ago


  • CaneCarder
    CaneCarder 27 days ago

    AD has regular season numbers but that's it. Dude has done nothing in the playoffs. Kawhi led 2 different teams to an NBA championship and took finals MVP both times. No comparison Kawhi is a better player then AD

  • Zhen Hao Yap
    Zhen Hao Yap 27 days ago

    The 76ers got into game 7 cause the most of the Raptors fell asleep and Kawhi need to carry......

  • philippe letang
    philippe letang 27 days ago

    #2 KLAW

  • mark1qaz1qaz
    mark1qaz1qaz 27 days ago

    The only thing A.Davis is better then Kawhi is growing that unibrow lol who ever the guy on the left is a really idoit how is he on TV lol

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