SF Rank – #3
Position – SF | 6′ 7″, 230 lbs | San Antonio Spurs
Born – Jun 29, 1991 in Los Angeles, CA
Drafted – 2011: 1st Rnd, 15th by IND
College – San Diego State
Experience – 4 years
Sports Unbiased Staff G.F.R. Analysis
Sauping R. Arguello – Leonard is one of the best unsung/quiet stars in the NBA, but do you expect otherwise playing for the Spurs? His numbers may not always be off the charts due to San Antonio’s team oriented system but his impact is immense.
Ben Buchanan – Leonard came into the league as an elite defender, but he has grown immensely since then, and now he stands as one of the NBA’s elite SFs. How elite is he? Leonard won the 2014 NBA Finals MVP award when he capped off a magnificent series campaign. At 23, he put up monster stats last season where he averaged 16.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.3 spg (No.1 in league). Leonard won the 2014 DPOY and was well deserving. He consistently locks down the opponent’s best player while forcing turnovers while remaining a good scoring option on the other end of the floor.
Jr. Williams – An NBA champion, finals MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year — Kawhi Leonard is the epitome of an intelligent and high caliber player in the league, and he has achieved what most star studded players with 3x the career have yet to attain. Last season Leonard lead a balanced San Antonio Spurs team in points per game (16.0 regular season, 20.0 postseason), he tied Tim Duncan in minutes per game (37. 7), and lead the league in steals. All in a day’s work for a player who, no one (including myself) expected to be such a great player this early in his career. This season Leonard will be equipped with a much improved roster, so don’t be surprised if the Spurs reach the 2016 NBA finals.
Keith Rivas – Adding LaMarcus Aldridge to the Spurs’ lineup seemed at first to be a move that would benefit the here-and-now, but by the time San Antonio’s “Big 3” bails, they’ll have to rely on Leonard.
And with Aldridge in town, he’s officially got a partner in crime.
Despite still not getting sent to an All-Star game, Leonard has an NBA Finals MVP in the bag and a talented coaching staff and team around him to make him one of the game’s elite for a long time coming