Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 29, 1991
FactMost Valuable Player of The 2014 NBA Finals (2014) .


Kawhi Leonard is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played two seasons of college basketball for the San Diego State Aztecs, and was named a consensus second-team All-American as a sophomore. He was selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft with the 15th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers, who then traded him to the San Antonio Spurs.

Leonard won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2014 and was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2012 and to the All-Defensive First Team in 2016. He has been selected to two NBA All-Star teams, in 2016 and 2019. In 2015, he was named the Defensive Player of the Year. In 2016, he helped lead the Spurs to a franchise-record 67 wins and a second consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals.

In 2017, Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round draft pick. He won his second NBA championship with Toronto in 2019, and was again named Finals MVP. He was also named regular season MVP that year, becoming just the third player in NBA history to win both awards in the same season.

Leonard was born on June 29, 1991, in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Kim Robertson, was a college basketball player who later became an assistant coach at Riverside Community College. His father, Mark Leonard, played football at Long Beach City College. Kawhi has two older sisters, Miesha and Christal. He was raised in Moreno Valley, California.

Leonard attended Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, California. As a senior in 2009–10, he was named a McDonald’s All-American after averaging 22.6 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He played in the 2010 McDonald’s All-American Game, where he had 11 points and 5 rebounds.

Leonard played two seasons of college basketball for San Diego State University. As a freshman in 2009–10, he averaged 12.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and was named the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Freshman of the Year. He helped lead the Aztecs to an undefeated conference record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In 2010–11, Leonard averaged 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, and was named a consensus second-team All-American. He also won the MWC Defensive Player of the Year award.

After his sophomore season, Leonard declared for the 2011 NBA draft. He was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers. On June 23, 2011, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for George Hill.

In his rookie season, Leonard averaged 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He helped lead the Spurs to an NBA-best 66–16 record and a berth in the Western Conference Finals. In 2012–13, Leonard’s averages increased to 11.9 points and 6 rebounds per game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. The Spurs again advanced to the Conference Finals, where they lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in seven games.

In 2013–14, Leonard averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as the Spurs won a franchise-record 62 games. They reached the NBA Finals for a fifth time since 1999, where they faced the Miami Heat. Leonard averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game in the Finals as the Spurs won in five games, giving him his first NBA championship. He was named the Finals MVP after averaging 17.8 points and 6 rebounds per game in the series.

In 2014–15, Leonard averaged 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as the Spurs won another championship, this time defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games. Leonard again averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds per game in the Finals, and was once again named Finals MVP.

In 2015–16, Leonard averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds per game as the Spurs reached the Finals for a third consecutive year. They lost to the Cavaliers in seven games, with Leonard averaging 27 points and 7 rebounds per game in the series. He was named to his first All-Star team that season, and was also named Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 2 steals and 1 block per game.

In 2016–17, Leonard missed significant time due to injury, appearing in only nine games for the Spurs. On July 18, 2017, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round draft pick.

In his first season with Toronto, Leonard averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds per game as the Raptors won 58 games and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. They lost to eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers in six games, with Leonard averaging 27 points and 9 rebounds per game in the series.

In 2018–19, Leonard averaged 26 points and 7 rebounds per game as Toronto won a franchise-record 59 games en route to their first NBA championship. They defeated Golden State Warriors in six games in the Finals, with Leonard averaging 28 points and 9 rebounds per game en route to being named Finals MVP for a third time in his career. He was also named regular season MVP after averaging 27 points per game on 60% shooting from the field.

On July 6, 2019, Leonard signed with the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent on a four-year contract worth $103 million dollars.

Kawhi Leonard is one of only three players in NBA history to win both regular season MVP and Finals MVP in the same season (2019). The other two are Michael Jordan (1996) and LeBron James (2012 & 2013).

General Info

Full NameKawhi Leonard
Salary17.64 million USD
Date Of BirthJune 29, 1991
Height2.01 m
Weight104 kg
ProfessionBasketball player
EducationSan Diego State University, Martin Luther King High School
NationalityAmerican

Family

ParentsKim Leonard, Mark Leonard

Accomplishments

AwardsNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, All-NBA Team, NBA All-Defensive Team, NBA All-Rookie Team, Best Championship Performance ESPY Award, California Mr. Basketball
NominationsBest NBA Player ESPY Award

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Facts

#Fact
1Most Valuable Player of The 2014 NBA Finals (2014) .

Movies

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NBA.TV: Extended Edition2014ShortHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2014TV SeriesHimself
The 2014 NBA Finals2014TV Mini-SeriesHimself - San Antonio Spurs
NBA.TV2012ShortHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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