In his first season with the Raptors following a trade from San Antonio, Leonard earned his third All-Star bid and was the driving force behind the Raptors' first NBA championship. After appearing in 60 regular season games and averaging a career-best 26.6 points per game, Leonard took his game to another level in the postseason, averaging 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals in 24 playoff contests. Throughout the regular season, the Raptors were careful with Leonard's workload in consideration of the leg injury that derailed his 2017-18 campaign. However, he still led the team to a 58-24 record and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Leonard's best scoring effort of the season came on New Year's Day against the Jazz when he went for 45 points on 22 shots and hit 13-of-17 attempts from the free-throw line. Leonard was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Team for the fifth time in his eight-year career. He also earned All-NBA Second Team honors while finishing ninth in Most Valuable Player voting. In a six-game NBA Finals series against Golden State, Leonard averaged more than 40 minutes per game and produced 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks per contest. He shot 43.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from three-point range. In the Raptors' clinching Game 6 victory on the road, Leonard finished with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals en route to his second Finals MVP award.2017
The 2017-18 campaign was a difficult one for Leonard and the Spurs. The two-time All-Star missed the first 27 games of the season while recovering from a right quadriceps injury. He returned to action Dec. 12, scoring 13 points and collecting six rebounds against Dallas. Leonard played intermittently throughout the remainder of the month, finishing December with per-game averages of 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in six games. Leonard opened January with a 25-point, eight-rebound, four-steal performance in a win over the Knicks. However, he played in only two of the Spurs' following six contests. Leonard totaled 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in a win over Denver on Jan. 13. Four days later, he was ruled out indefinitely in order to tend to the same quadriceps injury that delayed his start to the season. Leonard did not return for the remainder of the campaign. Playing all but nine games without Leonard in the lineup, San Antonio finished with a 47-35 record, registering their worst winning percentage in 21 years. Though they qualified for the postseason, the Spurs were eliminated by the Nuggets in five games in the opening round.2016
During the 2016-17 season, Leonard started 74 games -- the most of his career -- and averaged a career-high 33.4 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-7 forward increased his scoring output to 25.5 points per game, establishing the best mark of his career and ranking ninth in the NBA. He also stepped up as a distributor, dishing out a career-best 3.5 assists per contest. Leonard continued to score efficiently, making 48.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, including 38.0 percent of his tries from beyond the arc. He also converted 88.0 percent of his free-throw attempts, the highest mark of his career. Leonard achieved the first 40-point game of his career on Jan. 21, finishing with 41 points, six rebounds and five assists in a win over Cleveland. He made his second straight All-Star team and was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second consecutive campaign. On the defensive end, Leonard was again a force, averaging 1.8 steals per game and receiving his third straight selection to the All-NBA Defensive First Team. In the postseason, Leonard played in 12 games and posted per-game averages of 27.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals. Led by Leonard's dominant play, San Antonio reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2014. Unfortunately, an ankle injury derailed Leonard in Game 1 of the series against Golden State. He was unable to return for the remainder of the postseason, and San Antonio lost to the Warriors in four games.2015
Leonard took his already-potent offensive game to another level during his 2015-16 campaign with the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged a career-best 21.2 points per contest while shooting over 50 percent from the field for the second time in his NBA tenure. A major reason for Leonard's leap as a scorer was his improvement as a three-point shooter. He averaged a career-best 1.8 treys per game and shot 44.3 percent from deep, third-best in the NBA. Meanwhile, Leonard continued to dominate on the defensive end as one of the league's premier wing defenders. He averaged 1.8 steals per game -- 12th in the NBA -- and claimed his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year Award while again landing on the All-NBA Defensive First Team. Leonard earned a spot on the All-NBA First Team and finished with the second-most votes for NBA MVP. He also made his first All-Star team and scored 17 points in 26 minutes for the Western Conference in the February showcase. The 6-foot-7 forward scored a career-high 33 points in a win over the Raptors on April 2, adding six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. In the playoffs, Leonard started all 10 of San Antonio's contests. Though the Spurs were defeated by Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Semifinals, Leonard again had a strong postseason, posting per-game averages of 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.4 blocks.2014
Leonard rode the momentum of an NBA Finals MVP award to his finest regular season to date during his 2014-15 campaign with the Spurs. He set career highs in numerous statistical categories, including points (16.5), rebounds (7.2) and assists (2.5) per game. As usual, Leonard excelled on the defensive end of the court, leading the NBA with 2.3 steals per contest. He was recognized as the Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-NBA Defensive First Team. Leonard matched his career high with 26 points four times during the campaign and scored 20-plus points on 22 occasions. The San Diego State University product tallied a career-best 14 double-doubles during the campaign, including a 17-point performance against Denver on Jan. 20 in which he grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds. On April 5, Leonard tallied a career-best seven steals and scored 26 points in a win over Golden State. Despite Leonard's fine season, San Antonio dropped to the sixth spot in the Western Conference. They faced the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, bowing out in a tough seven-game battle. Leonard played well in the series, averaging 20.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per contest.2013
In his third NBA season, Leonard continued to stake his claim as one of the most talented young players in the NBA. Despite logging fewer minutes per game than in his previous campaign, he posted career highs with 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He also shot an efficient 52.2 percent from the field and 80.2 percent from the charity stripe. Defensively, Leonard made his mark with 1.7 steals per contest -- 10th in the NBA -- and was named to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team. Leonard tied a career high with 26 points in a win over Memphis on April 6 during which he made 12-of-13 shots from the field. He notched seven double-doubles during the campaign, including a 16-point performance against Dallas on April 10 in which he grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds. The postseason, however, was where Leonard truly shined. He played 23 playoff games, averaging 14.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest. In Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, Leonard notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in a win over Portland. He registered another double-double in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals versus Oklahoma City, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 boards. Leonard saved his best for last, posting per-game averages of 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals in the Spurs' five-game romp over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The talented youngster not only captured his first NBA Championship, he was also named the youngest NBA Finals MVP since Magic Johnson won the award in 1982.2012
Kawhi Leonard took on an expanded role in his second NBA season. Though he played in only 58 games for the Spurs, his playing time shot up to 31.2 minutes per contest, and he improved in nearly every statistical category. On the season, Leonard averaged 11.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. In addition, he averaged 1.7 steals per game as he continued to build a reputation as a lockdown defender. Leonard also emerged as a steady outside shooter, drilling 1.1 three-pointers per contest and shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc. He registered six double-doubles on the season, including a 24-point, 14-rebound performance against Oklahoma City on April 4. In the postseason, Leonard was a key part of San Antonio's journey to the NBA Finals. He averaged 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 21 playoff contests as the Spurs fell one game short of an NBA title.2011
Kawhi Leonard was selected with the 15th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. However, he wasn't a Pacer for long as Indiana traded his draft rights to the San Antonio Spurs soon thereafter in exchange for George Hill. In his rookie campaign, Leonard played 64 games and averaged 24 minutes per contest. In mid-March, The 20-year-old became a fixture in the starting lineup and finished with 39 starts on the season during the lockout-shortened season. Collectively, Leonard posted per-game averages of 7.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals. He was selected to the All-Rookie First Team and finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting. In the postseason, Leonard started 14 games and averaged 27.1 minutes per contest. He delivered post-season per game averages of 8.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals as San Antonio reached the Western Conference Finals.
June 23, 2011Drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 1st round (15th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
June 23, 2011Draft rights traded to the San Antonio Spurs. along with the draft rights to Davis Bertans, the draft rights to Erazem Lorbek and a TPE, from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for George Hill.
December 13, 2011Signed a rookie contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
July 16, 2015Signed a five-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs
July 18, 2018Traded by the San Antonio Spurs with Danny Green and cash to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poltl and a 2019 1st-round draft pick (Keldon Johnson was later selected).
July 9, 2019Signed a three-year contract (including a player option) with the Los Angeles Clippers.