05/20/2014 02:05 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kawhi's Spin Move Was So Sweet That 'Sugar K Leonard' Nickname Might Actually Stick (GIF)

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There are many words that could be used to describe the jaw-dropping spin move that Kawhi Leonard visited upon Kevin Durant but Shaquille O'Neal would probably prefer if you called it "sweet."

The third-year San Antonio Spurs swingman shredded the Oklahoma City Thunder defense with a GIF-inducing spin through the paint in the opening game of the NBA's Western Conference finals on Monday night. He chipped in 16 points as the Spurs pulled away for a 122-105 win and may have helped cement his new nickname.

(GIF via @cjzero)

O'Neal, who has been known to hand out a nickname or several, announced he would be referring to Spurs' dynamic young star as "Sugar K Leonard" during halftime of the team's series-clinching win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals.

"I named Paul Pierce 'The Truth.' I named Tim Duncan 'The Big Fundamental.' Kawhi's new name is 'Sugar K Leonard,'" O'Neal announced on TNT's halftime report. "The boy is sweet."

WATCH: Shaq Explains 'Sugar K' Nickname

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