With LeBron James now in the Western Conference, and the Toronto Raptors eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks in the conference finals on Saturday, Kawhi Leonard is officially the King of East.

While leading his team to the Game 6 victory over the Bucks, Leonard put the finishing touches on a remarkable Eastern Conference Finals performance. After falling behind 2-0 to open the series with Milwaukee, Leonard helped lead Toronto to four-straight victories and a berth in the NBA Finals by putting up historic numbers that only James has reached in recent years.

During the conference finals, Leonard averaged 29.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest. Those totals move him into the conversation with James as the only two players in NBA history to average at least 29 points and nine rebounds in the Eastern Conference Finals since 1963.

The statistical accomplishment was shared by StatMuse, which provides game-level data for rebounds per game going back to the 1963 playoffs. So, there’s a chance this feat extends beyond the 56 years for which the NBA Playoff data is currently available.

James first reached this plateau during the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals with the Miami Heat when he averaged 33.6 points and 11 rebounds against the Boston Celtics. James would go on to average 30.3 points and 11 rebounds with the Cavaliers in the 2015 conference finals and 33.6 points and nine rebounds in 2018 Eastern Conference Finals with the Cavs.

During the 18 postseason games that Leonard has played with Toronto thus far, he’s averaged 31.2 points and 8.8 board. His Raptors will need another historic performance from Leonard in the NBA Finals if they have any hope of preventing the Golden State Warriors from winning their third-straight championship.

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