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Who is Kawhi Leonard ?
Kawhi Leonard(Kawhi Anthony Leonard) is an American Professional Basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Kawhi played two seasons of college basketball for the San Diego State Aztecs and was he was named a consensus second- team All American as a Sophore.
Later Kawhi decided to go for his final two seasons at San Diego State to enter the 2011 (NBA) draft. Kawhi was picked by the Indiana Pacers with the 15th overall pick and he was then traded to the San Antonio Spur at the night of the draft. In 2014 Kawhi won the NBA Championship with the San Antonio and he was named as the final most valued player.
Kawhi Leonard career
Kawhi started 2009 as a freshman at San Diego University. He averaged 12.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game for the Aztecs. Leonard then helped the team achieve a 25-9 record and led them to win the Mountain West Conference (MWC) tournament but the lost in the first round to Tennesse, 62-59, with Kawhi recording 12 points and 10 rebounds. He then led the MWC in the rebounding and was named MWC freshman of the Year, First Team All- MWC, and also the 2010 MWC Tournament MVP.
During his sophomore season, Kawhi averaged 15.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest. Aztecs finished with a 34- 3 record and won back-to-back conference tournament championship. Once again San Diego State led by the Kawhi made the NCAA tournament . The Aztecs advanced to the sweet 16 but they lost it to eventual national champions, Connecticut . He was later named to the Second Team All-America and in 2011 NBA draft Kawhi left the San Diego State.
San Antonio Spurs
In 2011 Kawhi was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Indian Pacers but he was traded on the same night to San Antonio Spur together with the rights to Erazem Lorbek and Davis Bertans in exchange of George Hill. On 10th, December, 2011, following the conclusion of the NBA lockout, Kawhi signed a multi-year deal with the Spurs.
In 2012 Rising Star Challenge Kawhi and his Teammate Tiago splitter were selected to play as members of Team Chunk. Although he suited up for the event, he didn’t play due to a calf strain. When the starter Richard Jefferson was traded to the Golden State Warrior for Stephen Jackson, Kawhi got promoted to the starting small forward position while Jackson served as his Backup.
When the season was ending, Kawhi was placed fourth in Rookie of the Year Voting and was he named to the 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team. In 2012 summer Kawhi was among the several NBA up-and-comers chosen to play for the 2012 NBA USA men’s basketball Select Team. He trained with the Olympic team, which included Lebron James, Kobe Bryant , Chris Paul and Kevin Durant.
On 26th, October, 2012, the San Antonio exercise the team option on Kawhi, re-signing him though the 2013-2014 season. Kawhi was the selected to play for the BBVA Rising Star Challenge he was once again drafted to Team Chuck. He recorded 20 points and 7 rebound as Team Chuck won against Team Shaq for the second year 163-135. The San Antonio advanced to the NBA Finals where they faced the Miami Heat. Kawhi averaged 14.6 points and 11.1 rebounds during the Finals however the Spurs lost the series in seven games.
On 6th,April, 2014, was when he scored a season-high 26 points in the Spurs’ 112-92 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. H e finished the season averaging 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists 1.7 steals and shooting 52.2% fro the field. He helped Spurs to a 62-20 record the number one seed in the NBA – and was named to the NBA and was named to the NBA ALL-Defensive Second Team for the first time.
After the Miami Heat and San Antonio met once again on the NBA finals. On 10t, June, 2014 in game 3 of the series, he scored a career – high 29 points in a 111-92 win against the Miami Heat. They went a head and won the series 4-1. He averaged 17.8 points on 61% shooting and he was named NBA Final MVP. He was the third youngest winner to receive the Award at 22 years. He was the sixth player and the first since Chauncey Billups in 2004 , to win the Final MVP Awards in a season in which they not an ALL- Star
After he missed the final six preseason games and the season opener against the Dallas Maverick due to an eye infection which had been caused by conjunctivitis, he made his season debut against the Phoenix Suns on 31st, October, 2014, despite having a blurry vision. On 10th, November, 2014 he scored a seasons-high of 26 points in the San Antonio 89-85 win against Clippers. Following three- game stint on the sideline between December 17 and 20, he had an injection in his injured right hand on December 22 and was ruled out definitely. On 16th, January, 2015, after missing 15 games, recording 20 points, 4 rebounds,5 assists and 3 steals to lead the San Antonio to 110-96 Win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
April 5th, Kawhi recorded 26 points and a career- high 7 steals in a 107-92 win against the Golden States Worrior. April 23rd he was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, joining Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan as the only player to win both NBA Defensive and Final MVP Award. The following day he scored a playoff career- high 32 in a game three first- round playoff series win against the Los Angeles Clippers. However they went ahead and lost the series on seven games.
On 16th, July 2015, he re-signed with the San Antonio to a Five-year, $90 million contract. On 28th, October, 2015,he scored a then career-high of 32 points in 112- 106 season loosing the game to Oklahoma City Thunder. 3rd, December he scored 27 points and made a career high seven three-pointer in a 103-83 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. He was then named as starter to the team Western Conference team for the 2016 All-Star Game, earning his first All-Star selection and he become the sixth San Antonio player in franchise history to be selected as an All-Star starter joining Gorge Gervin, Larry Kenon, Alvin Robertson, Tim Duncan and David Robinson.
March 23rd, 2016, he had another 32-point outing in a 112-88 win against Miami Heat, he helped the San Antonio extended their franchise-record home winning streak to 45 games from 2014-2015 season. On 2nd,April, he set a new career-high with 33 points in a 102-95 win against Toronto Raptors, helping the San Antonio set a franchise record with their 64th win. San Antonio topped their 63 win season in 2005-2006 and extended their NBA-record home winning streak to start the season to 39 games. Spurs finished second in the Western Conference with a 67-15 record, and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors for a second straight year, becoming the first non-center to win the honor in back-to-back seasons since Dennis Rodman in 1989-90 and 1990-91.
On January 19, he was named for the Western Conference All-Star team 2017 NBA All- Star Game and had 34 points against the Denver Nuggets for his fifth straight 30- point performance. Two days later he set a new a career high with 41 points in an 118-115 overtime win against Cleverland Cavaliers and he become the first San Antonio player to score at least 30 in six straight games since Mike Mitchell in 1 986. On January 16 he earned Western Conference Player of the week honor.
13th,February,2017, he made a 13 of 23 shots including two three-pointer and finished with 32 points, six rebounds and four steals in a 110-106 win against the Indiana Pacers. It was his fifth straight 30 -point game.
After being named Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career, Kawhi scored 39 points to lead the San Antonio to a 112-110 win against the Houston Rockets. On April, 15, 2017, he matched his postseason high with 32 points in a 111-82, win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their round playoff series. After two days, in Game 2, he had a postseason career-high 37 points and added 11 rebounds in a 96-82 win against Memphis to take a 2-0 series lead .
In their third quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference Final Against the Golden State Worriors, he landed on Zaza Panchulia’s foot attempting a field goal and re-aggravated his existing ankle injury. Kawhi exited the game with 26 points he then finished the season with averages of 25.5 points , 5.8 rebounds,3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game in the regular season, and 27.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals for the playoffs. He was then selected to the All NBA First Team for the second straight year and also winning the Defensive First Team honor for the third consecutive seasons.
Leonard missed the first 27 games due to quadriceps injury and made his season debut on. 12th,December,2017, against the Dallas Mavericks. Kawhi appeared in nine games between December 12 and January 13.He returned from a three game absence on january 13th against the Denver Nuggets after straining his left shoulder against the Phoenix Suns on January 5th. On 17th,January he was ruled out for indefinite period of time to continue with his rehabilitation process from right quadriceps tendinopathy.
After Kawhi attempting a free throw during Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals in June 018, reports claimed that Leonard had requested a trade from the San Antonio and that he did so after his Camp and the Spur stemming from a disagreement over his injury rehabilitation program. After one month Kawhi and his teammate Danny Green were traded to the Toronto Raptor in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. In his debut for the Raptor in their season opener on 17th,October, he had 24 Points and 12 rebounds in a 116-104 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. After two days later, he had 31 point and 10 rebounds in a 113-101 win against the Boston Celtics.
On 26th,December he was named as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. He scored a career-high of 45 points in a 122-116 win against the Utah Jazz. January,31st against the Milwaukee Bucks, he’s career high streak of scoring at least 20 points in 22 consecutive games ended when he had 16 points in a 105-92 loss. In the semifinals of the Eastern Conference where they won against the Philadelphia he has a playoff career-high 45 points, and 69.6% shooting where the Raptor won 108-95. He become just the second player in the Raptors history to eclipse 40 points in a playoff game, joining Vince Carter (50 points in 2001).
Kawhi led the Raptors into the 2019 Finals on the back of what was being said as an all-time great NBA playoff performance. In game two he had 34 points and 12 rebounds in a 105 -104 where they lost to Golden State. He scored 22 points in 114-110 win and helped the Raptors to a 4-2 series Victory in claiming his Second NBA championship. Leonard was then named NBA Finals MVP for the second time, becoming the third Finals MVP to have won the award with two teams joining like of, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lebron James. Kawhi is also the first person to win Final MVP with a team from each conference . He scored 732 points on his 2019 playoff behind Michael Jordan 759 in 1992 and Lebron James 748 in 2018.
Los Angeles Clippers
On 10th, July, 2019 he signed to a 3 years contract with Los Angeles Clippers which was reported to be %103 million. On 22nd, October, 2019 he debuted for Clippers where he put up 30 points, rebounds and 5 assists in a 112-102 win against the Los Angeles Lakers. 24th,October he recorded 21 points and tied a career- high 9assists in a 141-122 win against the Golden State. He then returned to Toronto on 11th,December, where he scored 23 points and recorded 6 assists in 112-92 win against the Raptors. After two days he scored a then season- high 42 points and 11 rebounds in 124-117 win against Minnesota Timberwolves.
After the 2019 -2020 NBA season was suspended on 11th march due to Corona Virus Pandemic, On July 30 he played 6 of the 8 team’s seeding games and he was selected to the NBA’s All-Bubble Second Team averaging 28.8 points ,4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists. In their first round of the 2020 playoff they eliminated the Dallas Maverick in six game and he scored over 30 points and averaged 32.8 points, 102, rebounds and 5.2 assists. However they were later eliminated by the Denver Nugget in the Western Conference after losing seven games.
On 22nd,December,2020, during their season opener he recorded 26 points and two steals in a 116-109 win against the Los Angeles. In their fourth Quarters of the game against Denver he received an elbow from teammate which caused him facial injury which forced him out of the game early. He returned wearing plastic mask with a 128- 105 win against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 30, recording a game-high 28 points and seven assists.
Kawhi Leonard’s Education
Kawhi attended Canyon Spring High School in Moreno Valley in California but later transferred to Martin Luther king High school for his senior years there. while in Luther King school he was listed recruiting ranking of 2009 as the No. 8 small Forward and No 48 player nation wide.
Kawhi Leonard’s Awards and Honor
NBA champion : 2014 and 2019 .NBA Finals MVP: 2014 and 2019 .NBA All-Star MVP: 2016,2017,2019,2020 and 2021.NBA All-Star MVP :2020.All NBA First Team: 2016,2017.All NBA Second Team: 2019,2020.NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 2015, 2016.NBA All-Defensive First Team: 2015, 2016, 2017 .NBA All-Defensive Second Team: 2014, 2019, 2020.NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2012.NBA steal leader:2015.
Kawhi Leonard’s Age
He was born on June 29th 1991 (29 years) in Los Angeles ,California, United State.
Kawhi Leonard’s Family
He is the son of Mark Leonard and Kim Robertson and his the youngest in the family
Leonard has four sisters.
Partner and Children
Kishele Shipley is the official partner to Leonard. Together they are blessed with two kid his daughter Kaliyah Leonard and his Last born son who was born Last year.
Kawhi Leonard’s Height
His height is 2.1 M
Kawhi Leonard’s Salary and Net worth
Leonard has a Net Worth of $50 million and Salary of $ 23million he the 36th best-paid NBA player.
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