Kawhi Leonard is an American professional basketball player who plays in the National Basketball Association, currently playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. He was a first-round pick during the 2011 NBA Draft and was selected by the San Antonio Spurs.

Leonard was a two-time NBA Champion in 2014 and 2019. In those years, he was also named the NBA Finals MVP. He has also been named to the NBA All-Star team five times. In 2020, he was selected as the NBA All-Star Game MVP.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Kawhi Anthony Leonard was born on June 29, 1991, in Los Angeles, California United States. Nicknamed ‘The Claw’, ‘Board Man’, ‘Fun Guy’, ‘The Hand’, and ‘The Terminator’, he stands 201 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 102 kg.

Team 231 los angeles clippers Los Angeles Clippers
Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.01 m / 102 kg
Born 29 Jun 1991
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname The Claw
Team History
231 los angeles clippers LA Clippers 2019 - present
206 toronto raptors Toronto 2018 - 2019
222 san antonio spurs San Antonio 2011 - 2018

Leonard is a small forward and shoots with his right.

He is the son of Kim Robertson and Mark Leonard. After Kobe Bryant died in 2020, Leonard revealed that he and Bryant shared the same pilot. Leonard is known for his quiet behavior and his private demeanor. He rarely entertains questions about his private life.

High School and College Career

He attended Canyon Springs High School and Martin Luther King High School. At the latter, he was teammates with Tony Snell. In his senior year, he was named California Mr. Basketball. In his senior year, he received a number of college offers. He chose to commit to the San Diego State University. He would stay with them from 2009 to 2011.

While in college, he was named to the First-team All-MWC. He was also named to the Consensus Second-Team All-American. The San Diego State Aztecs also retired Jersey No.15 in his honor.


In 2011, he declared for the draft, choosing to forgo the rest of his college eligibility. He was chosen in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs. He was the draft’s 15th Overall pick. In his rookie year with the Spurs, he was named to the 2012 NBA All-Rookie Team.

In 2014, he became an NBA Champion alongside the rest of the Spurs. He was also named the NBA Finals MVP for the first time that year. The following year, he led the NBA in steals. He was also named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the first time. He would be awarded the same honor again the next year.

The 2017 to 2018 season was marked with injuries. In June 2018, it was reported that Leonard had requested to be traded away from the team. He joined the Toronto Raptors and he won his second NBA Championship in 2019. Again, he was named the NBA Finals MVP.

He is the first person in the history of the league to win Finals MVP from a team from each side of the league.

In July 2019, he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. His 2020-2021 season came to an early end because of an injury. He later opted out for the final year of his contract with the Clippers but he re-signed with them in August 2021.

As of the 2023 season, he still plays for the Clippers.

Career Highlights

  • 2014, 2019 - NBA champion
  • 2014, 2019 - NBA Finals MVP
  • 2016, 2017, 2019–2021 - NBA All-Star
  • 2020 - NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 2016, 2017, 2021 - All-NBA First Team
  • 2019, 2020 - All-NBA Second Team
  • 2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2015–2017)
  • 4× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014, 2019–2021)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)
  • NBA steals leader (2015)
  • NBA 75th Anniversary Team
  • AP Athlete of the Year (2019)
  • Consensus second-team All-American (2011)
  • 2× First-team All-MWC (2010, 2011)
  • No. 15 retired by San Diego State Aztecs
  • California Mr. Basketball (2009)

People Ask

What team does Kawhi Leonard play for?

Los Angeles Clippers. He has been playing for the Clippers since 2019. He has also played for the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors.

How tall is Kawhi Leonard?

He is listed as being 201 cm or 6 feet and 7 inches tall.

When did Kawhi Leonard join the NBA?

He was drafted into the NBA during the 1st round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

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