Kawhi Leonard is a professional American basketball player who is currently playing the small forward position for the Toronto Raptors. He is an NBA Champion and a Finals MVP.
In the 2011, NBA draft, Leonard selected by the Indiana Pacers but was immediately traded to the San Antonio Spurs. While he signed a multi-year deal with the Spurs in the following months, he was unable to join other events like the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge. However, Leonard was given the starting small forward position when Richard Jefferson was traded to the Golden State Warriors.
In the 2012 to 2013 Season, Leonard averaged 14.6 points and 11.1 rebounds in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat but they eventually lost. In the 2013 to 2014 , his average was 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.7 steals. He was also instrumental in turning the Spurs into the number one seed in the league.
In the 2013-2014 NBA Finals, the Spurs defeated the Heat in the NBA Finals and Leonard was hailed as the MVP with his average of 17.8 points. After Magic Johnson, he became the third-youngest player to win the MVP award.
Plagued by eye and hand injuries, Leonard missed as much as 15 games during the 2014 to 2015 Season. Despite having a difficult start, he was still awarded the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. However, the Spurs still lost the series.
The Spurs was able to re-sign Leonard in 2015 and he helped the Spurs extend their NBA-record home winning streak as well as set a franchise record with their 64th victory with a win over the Toronto Raptors. He also earned his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year.
During the 2016 to 2017 Season, he set 3 career-high milestones in shooting, from 35 points to 38 points, and finally 41 points – leading him to be the first Spurs player since Mike Mitchell in 1986 to score at least 30 points in 6 consecutive games.
Leonard suffered from multiple injuries during the 2017-2018 Season and had problems with the Spurs. He was unable to play for the Spurs in 2018. On July 2018, Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors.
Career Accomplishments:• NBA champion (2014)• NBA Finals MVP (2014)• 2-time NBA All-Star (2016, 2017)• 2-time All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017)• 2-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016)• 3-time NBA All-Defensive First Team (2015–2017)• NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014)• NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)• NBA steals leader (2015)• 2-time First-team All-MWC (2010, 2011)• California Mr. Basketball (2009)• Consensus second-team All-American (2011)