Kawhi Anthony Leonard (born June 29, 1991), addressed professionally as Kawhi Leonard, is a versatile American professional basketball player who plays the sport.
Presently, he is one of the members of the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptors. He is one of the NBA’s most valuable players. Since his school days, he has been interested in playing basketball.
He succeeded in his final year of high school and was named California Mr. Basketball. Kawhi Leonard began his amateur career with the basketball squad known as the San Diego State University Aztecs. The Indiana Pacers picked him with the 15th overall choice in the 2011 NBA Draft after he provided outstanding performance.
He was later moved to the San Antonio Spurs and spent a considerable amount of time with them. Kawhi Leonard was chosen for the NBA All-Rookie First Team in his first season as a player. He was recognized as the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and twice received the award for NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
After some outstanding performances, injuries cast a shadow on Kawhi Leonard‘s playing. He missed some games because of a quadriceps ailment. Leonard joined the Toronto Raptors after being acquired through a trade.
|Kawhi Leonard: History • Bio • Photo|
|Full Name:||Kawhi Anthony Leonard|
|Stage Name:||Kawhi Leonard|
|Born:||29 June 1991 (age 31 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Salary:||39.34 million USD (2021)|
|Parents:||Kim Leonard, Mark Leonard|
|Wife • Spouse:||Kishele Shipley (2014–)|
|Girlfriend • Partner:||Kishele Shipley (2014–)|
|Occupation:||Professional Basketball Player|
|Net Worth:||US$80 million|
Early Life & Education
In Los Angeles, California, United States, Kawhi Leonard was born an American on June 29, 1991. His mother is Kim Leonard (Kim Robertson), and Mark Leonard is his father.
He has a sister named Miesha Slayton. His relative is the well-known football star Stevie Johnson. While he was at his car wash business in 2008, Kawhi Leonard‘s father was murdered by some unidentified criminals.
Kawhi Leonard received his early education at Canyon Springs High School. He afterward went to Martin Luther King High School. The basketball squad at his school included him.
He averaged 22.6 points and 13.1 rebounds during his final year, earning the title of California Mr. Basketball. According to the website Rivals.com, he is a talented athlete.
Kawhi Leonard enrolled at San Diego State University in 2009, where he began his amateur career during his first year. In his first season, he helped the university basketball team, the Aztecs, to a 25-9 record and a victory in the Mountain West Conference tournament. The 2010 MWC Tournament Most Valuable Player award went to him.
Kawhi Leonard was selected to be a member of the Second Team All-America during his second year at the university. He gave up his two remaining college seasons and declared for the 2011 NBA Draft. He was taken by the Indiana Pacers with the 15th overall pick but was later traded to the San Antonio Spurs. To participate in the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge, he was chosen.
Kawhi Leonard was chosen to participate in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during the 2012–13 season. He guided the Spurs to victory in the NBA Finals, where they faced the Miami Heat. He scored 14.6 points and grabbed 11.1 rebounds per game.
He was chosen for the ‘NBA All-Defensive Second Team’ in 2014. He reached a new career best of 29 points in the NBA Finals. He won the title of NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2014. The third-youngest player to win the championship was him.
Kawhi Leonard missed a few games in the 2014–15 season because of an infection in his eye. He returned in January 2015 and put on an excellent performance with 20 points and four rebounds. He was selected as the NBA Defensive Player of the Month for April 2015.
He was chosen for his first All-Star Game in January 2016. He was chosen as the ‘Western Conference team’s starter. Kawhi Leonard was chosen as an All-Star starter, making him the sixth player in San Antonio Spurs history to receive that honor.
He achieved a new career best of 33 points in an April 2016 victory over the Toronto Raptors. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row in 2016. He came in second place to Stephen Curry‘s poll for Most Valuable Player.
In a loss to the Phoenix Suns in January 2017, he set a career-high with 38 points. He was selected to start for the Western Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. In a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, he once more set a new career record by scoring 41 points.
Kawhi Leonard made history by being the first member of the San Antonio Spurs to record at least 30 points in six consecutive contests. For the second time in his career, he was selected to the All-NBA First Team in 2017.
He did not have a standout performance in the 2017–18 season. He missed the first 27 games of the season due to a right quadriceps injury. In December 2017, he made his season debut. He developed a partial tear in his left shoulder after a few games. Despite Kawhi Leonard‘s January 2018 return to court, he was requested to refrain from returning so he may focus on his recovery. Regarding the recuperation process, he and the Spurs team management had some differences.
There were rumors that Kawhi Leonard had asked the Spurs for a trade-in in June 2018. He was dealt to the Toronto Raptors in July. He recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds in his first game for the Raptors. Over the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was a victory. As the season goes on, his performance gets better.
Kishele Shipley and Kawhi Leonard are romantically involved. After a while of their relationship, they gave birth to their first child, Kaliyah Leonard.
Kawhi Leonard has shielded his child’s details from prying eyes. He participates on social media sites like Twitter.
Kawhi Leonard is an American Professional basketballer whose net worth is estimated at US$80 million.
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