Kawhi Leonard Biography: Things you didn’t know about him & net worth

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Kawhi Leonard was born on the 29th of June 1991. His full name is Kawhi Anthony Leonard.

Kawhi Leonard plays professional basketball for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

During his first season with San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA All-Rookie First Team shortly after being selected with the 15th overall pick in 2011 NBA.

Kawhi Leonard went on to win an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2014, and was also named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.

Kawhi has won NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice, in 2015 and 2016, and has also bagged All-NBA First Team member twice in 2016 and 2017.

Kawhi Leonard played two seasons of college basketball for the San Diego State Aztecs, and was a consensus second-team All-American as a sophomore.

High school career

Kawhi Leonard started his career when he switched high school from Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, California, to Martin Luther King High School his junior year.

He didn’t quite hit limelight till his senior year when he was instrumental to leading the King High Wolves to a 30–3 record.

At that time, young Leonard had an average of 22.6 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.0 blocks per game.

His amazing stats led him to be crowned California’s Mr. Basketball.

He was also listed as the No. 8 small forward and the No. 48 player in the nation in 2009 and considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.

College career

In the year 2009–10 Leonard was a freshman at the San Diego State University.

 

As a freshman, Kawhi  had the average of 12.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game for the Aztecs.

He assisted in leading the Aztecs to a 25–9 record and the Mountain West Conference (MWC) tournament title.

Leonard was named MWC freshman of the year, first team All-MWC, and the 2010 MWC Tournament MVP.

By his sophomore season, he was already averaging 15.7 points and 10.4 rebounds and was again named to the Second Team All-America.

He however had to forgo his two final two seasons at San Diego State to enter the 2011 NBA draft.

Professional career

In 2011, Kawhi Leonard was selected with the 15th overall pick in NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers.

Interestingly enough, he was traded that same night to the San Antonio Spurs along with the rights to Erazem Lorbek and Dāvis Bertāns in exchange for George Hill.

By the conclusion of the NBA lockout on the 10th of December 2011, Leonard signed a multi-year deal with the Spurs.

At the end of the season, Leonard placed fourth in Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

By 2012 summer, he joined several NBA up-and-comers chosen to play for the 2012 USA men’s basketball Select Team and trained with the Olympic team which featured Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and others.

By the 26th of October 2012, Kawhi Leonard was resigned for the 2013-14 season by the Spurs who exercised the team option.

He was later selected to play for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.

Leonard was already averaging 14.6 points and 11.1 rebounds by the time the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the NBA Finals.

In 2014, the Spurs won the 2014 NBA Championship and Leonard had the sole honour of handing a signed ball to President Barack Obama at a White House in a ceremony to honour the team.

Kawhi Leonard scored a season high 26 points in the Spurs’ 112–92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on the 6th of April, 2014 and went on to finsh the season with an average of 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals while shooting 52.2% from the field.

Kawhi Leonard was later named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the first time.

Leonard also scored an astonishing career-high of 29 points in a 111-92 victory against Miami Heat on the 10th of June, 2014.

With an average of 17.8 points on 61% shooting , Leonard was named NBA Finals MVP, making him the 3rd youngest player to win the award at 22 years and 351 days old.

He was also the sixth player to win Finals MVP in a season in which they were not an All-Star. In the 2014–15 season, Leonard had an eye infection associated with conjunctivitis which made him miss the final six preseason games and the season opener against the Dallas Mavericks.

Suffering from blurry vision, Leonard however made his season debut on the 31st of October in a game against the Phoenix Suns.

In spite of the blurred vision, he scored a season high of 26 points ont the 10th of November in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

He was later ruled out indefinitely in December when he injured his right hand and had an injection for the injury on the hand.

Leonard came back with a force on the 16th of January after missing 15 games and recorded 20 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals to lead the Spurs to a 110–96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

In April, he had another career high with 26 points 7 steals in a 107–92 win over the Golden State Warriors and was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the 3rd player to win both NBA Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP.

In July of the 2015–16 season, Leonard re-signed a 5 year $90 million contract with the Spurs.

He went on to score another career high of 32 points in a 112–106 season opening loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

By January, he was named as a starter to the Western Conference team for the 2016 All-Star Game, and he earned his first All-Star selection, making him the sixth Spurs player in history to be selected as an All-Star starter.

He was instrumental to helping the Spurs extend their home winning streak to 45 games when he had another 32 point outing in a win over Miami Heat on the 23rd of March 2016.

By April he earned Defensive Player of the Year honours for a second straight year, becoming the first non-centre to earn the honour in back-to-back seasons. He also finished runner-up in the MVP voting that year.

 

In January 14th of the 2016–17 season, Leonard set a new career high with 38 points in a 108–105 loss to the Phoenix Suns, and became the first Spur to record three consecutive 30-point games Second All-NBA First Team selection.

He was later named a starter for the Western Conference All-Star team in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. And went on to  set another career high of 41 points in a game with Cleveland Cavaliers.

He subsequently earned Western Conference Player of the Week honours for games played Monday, January 16 through Sunday, January 22.

He won Player of the week award four times.

Leonard 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 earned his All-Defensive First Team honors for the third time in three years and was selected to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in his career.

The 2017–18 season was not a good one for Leonard as he was overshadowed by an injuries.

He missed the first 27 games of the season with a right quadriceps injury, then later suffered a partial tear in his left shoulder after recovering from the quadriceps injury.

He was later ruled out indefinitely to enable him continue his recovery/rehabilitation process.

Trade to Toronto Raptors

In July 2018, following alleged disagreements over his injury and rehabilitation process, Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors with a protected 2019 first round draft pick

Career statistics

  • Minutes Per Game – 30.4
  • Rebounds Per Game – 6.2
  • Assists per game – 2.3
  • Steals Per Game – 1.8
  • Blocks Per Game – 0.7
  • Turnovers Per Game – 1.4
  • Field Goal Percentage – .495
  • 3-point field goal percentage – .386
  • Free Throw Percentage – .846

 

Body Stats and Measurement

Kawhi Leonard is 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 104 kg (230 lb).

His full body measurements are 47-33-16 inches.

His chest size is 47, waist size 33 & biceps size 16 inches.

He has black eye and black hair.

His shoe size is 14(US).

Net Worth

Leonard’s net worth is pegged at about $25 million. Most of it is from his income and salary which is also about 17.64 million.

Leonard’s Awards

  • 2009- California Mr Basketball
  • 2012- NBA All-Rookie Team
  • 2014- Best Championship Performance ESPY Award
  • 2014- Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
  • 2015 & 2016- NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
  • 2016 & 2017- All NBA Team
  • 2017- Block of the Year Fan Award
  • 2015, 2016 & 2017 NBA All-Defensive Team

 

Leonard’s Family

Leonard is the youngest child of Mark Leonard and Kim Robertson and has a sister.

Father

Mark Leonard was shot and killed in his car wash on the 18th of January, 2008. His murderer has not been found till date. Police have said they can’t find any motivation behind the killings.

Sister

Miesha Slayton

Girlfriend/Wife

Kishele Shipley has been Leonard’s girlfriend from way back when he was still in San Diego.

Shipley is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in public administration.

After graduation, she worked as a human resource professional in San Diego, but later had to relocate to Texas with Leonard.

Sipley has a child for Leonard who was born in July 2016.

 

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