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Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard San Diego State Dunk (cropped).jpg
Leonard with SDSU in 2009
No. 2 – San Antonio Spurs
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1991-06-29) June 29, 1991 (age 23)


Los Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolCanyon Springs

(Moreno Valley, California)


Martin Luther King

(Riverside, California)
CollegeSan Diego State (2009–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Pro playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–presentSan Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (2014)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2014)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)
  • Consensus second team All-American (2011)
  • 2× All-Mountain West First Team (2010–2011)
  • All-Mountain West Defensive Team (2011)
  • Mountain West Tournament MVP (2010)
  • Mountain West Freshman of the Year (2010)
  • California Mr. Basketball (2009)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Kawhi Anthony Leonard (/kəˈwaɪ/, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Leonard is listed as a small forward at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) and 230 lb (104 kg). He played college basketball at San Diego State University (SDSU) and was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. Leonard won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014 and was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).

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        High school career

        Leonard attended Canyon Springs High School before transferring to King High School his junior year. Leonard's senior year, he and Tony Snell led the King High Wolves to a 30–3 record. Leonard averaged 22.6 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.0 blocks per game that year and won California Mr. Basketball. He was the #48 ranked prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and committed to San Diego State University (SDSU).

        College career

        Freshman season (2009–2010)

        As a freshman at San Diego State, Leonard averaged 12.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Leonard helped lead the Aztecs to a 25–9 record and the Mountain West Conference (MWC) tournament title. SDSU received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament but lost to Tennessee 62–59 in the first round as Leonard recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds. Leonard led the MWC in rebounding, was named MWC freshman of the year, first team All-MWC, and was the 2010 MWC Tournament MVP.

        Sophomore season (2010–2011)

        Leonard's sophomore season, he averaged 15.7 points and 10.4 rebounds as the Aztecs finished with a 34–3 record and won back-to-back conference tournament championships. Leonard and San Diego State would once again make the NCAA tournament. This time, SDSU would advance to the Sweet 16 where they lost to eventual national champion UConn. Leonard was named to the Second Team All-America and would forgo his final two seasons at San Diego State to enter the 2011 NBA Draft.

        College statistics

        YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
        2009–10San Diego State343331.3.455.205.7269.91.91.4.712.7
        2010–11San Diego State363632.6.444.291.75910.62.51.4.715.5
        Career706931.9.449.250.74410.22.21.4.714.1

        Professional career

        2011–12 season: Rookie year

        Leonard was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers but was later traded on draft night to the San Antonio Spurs along with the rights to Erazem Lorbek and Davis Bertans in exchange for George Hill. On December 10, 2011, following the conclusion of the NBA lockout, he signed a multi-year deal with the Spurs.

        Leonard and teammate Tiago Splitter were selected to play in the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge as members of Team Chuck. Although he suited for the event, he did not play due to a calf strain. After starter Richard Jefferson was traded to the Golden State Warriors for Stephen Jackson, Leonard was promoted to the starting small forward position while Jackson served as his backup.

        At season's end, Leonard placed fourth in Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the 2012 All-Rookie first team.


        "“I think he’s going to be a star. And as time goes on, he’ll be the face of the Spurs, I think. At both ends of the court, he is really a special player. And what makes me be so confident about him is that he wants it so badly. He wants to be a good player, I mean a great player. He comes early, he stays late, and he’s coachable, he’s just like a sponge. When you consider he’s only had (two years) of college and no training camp yet, you can see that he’s going to be something else.”
        —Coach Gregg Popovich on Kawhi Leonard
        In the summer of 2012, Leonard was among several NBA up-and-comers chosen to play for the 2012 USA men's basketball Select Team. They trained with the Olympic team which featured Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and others.

        2012–13 season: First Finals appearance

        On October 26, 2012, the Spurs exercised the team option on Leonard, re-signing him through the 2013–14 season.

        Leonard was selected to play for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge where he was once again drafted to Team Chuck. He recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds as Team Chuck defeated Team Shaq for the second straight year 163–135.

        The San Antonio Spurs advanced to the NBA Finals where they faced the Miami Heat. Leonard averaged 14.6 points and 11.1 rebounds during the Finals as the Spurs lost the series in seven games.

        2013–14 season: First championship and Finals MVP

        On April 6, 2014, Leonard tied a then career-high 26 points in a 112–92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. He would finish the season averaging 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals while shooting 52.2% from the field. Leonard helped the Spurs to a 62–20 record; the number one seed in the NBA. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the first time.

        The Spurs and the Miami Heat met once again in the NBA Finals. On June 10, 2014, in Game 3 of the series, Leonard scored a career-high 29 points in a 111–92 victory. San Antonio went on to win the series 4–1. Leonard averaged 17.8 points on 61% shooting and was named NBA Finals MVP. He was the third-youngest player to win the award (22 years and 351 days), behind only Magic Johnson—who won in both 1980 (20 years and 278 days) and 1982 (22 years and 298 days). Leonard was also only the sixth player, first since Chauncey Billups in 2004, to win Finals MVP in a season in which they were not an All-Star.

        NBA career statistics

        Legend
          GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
         FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
         RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
         BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
        Denotes season in which Leonard won an NBA Championship

        Regular season

        YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
        2011–12San Antonio643924.0.493.376.7735.11.11.3.47.9
        2012–13San Antonio585731.2.494.374.8256.01.61.7.611.9
        2013–14†San Antonio666529.1.522.379.8026.22.01.7.812.8
        Career18816128.0.505.376.8035.81.61.6.610.9

        Playoffs

        YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
        2012San Antonio141427.1.500.450.8135.9.61.2.48.6
        2013San Antonio212136.9.545.390.6339.01.01.8.513.5
        2014†San Antonio232332.0.510.419.7366.71.71.7.614.3
        Career585832.6.522.416.7087.41.21.6.512.6

        Personal

        On January 18, 2008, Leonard's father, Mark, was shot and killed at the Compton car wash he owned. The murderer has still not been identified.

        Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawhi_Leonard )
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