Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors celebrates winning the 2019 NBA Championship
2019 NBA Champion Kawhi Leonard | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

After two seasons with the San Diego Aztecs, including domination over the Mountain West Conference, Kawhi Leonard entered the 2011 NBA Draft. The Indiana Pacers chose him 15th overall before trading him to the Spurs. In San Antonio, the LA native made two NBA Finals appearances, winning the second and earning NBA Finals MVP.

Joining the Toronto Raptors in 2018, Leonard emerged as a strong leader, resulting in the franchise’s first championship win and earning him a second Finals MVP. The 2015 and 2016 Defensive Player of the Year signed with the Clippers in free agency. Several injuries have hampered Leonard’s recent efforts in LA. Regardless, in August 2021, the 30-year-old signed a max four-year, $176.3 million contract with the Clippers.

  • Former teams: San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, and Los Angeles Clippers
  • Position: Small forward
  • Height: 6’7″
  • Accomplishments: Two-time NBA Champion, two-time Finals MVP, five-time All-Star, and five-time All-NBA
  • Drafted: No. 15 overall in 2011 by the Indiana Pacers
  • Shoots: Right
  • Nickname: The Claw, Board Man, Fun Guy, The Hand, and The Terminator

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