- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Kawhi Anthony Leonard
- Nicknames: The Claw, Board Man, Fun Guy, The Hand, The Terminator
- Pronunciation: \kah-WHY\
- Date of Birth: June 29, 1991
- Age: 32 years
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
- Mark Leonard (deceased)
- Kim Leonard
- Siblings: Miesha Slayton
- Relationship: Girlfriend – Kishele Shipley (met in 2014 at San Diego State University)
- Children: Two
- Career Information:
- Current Team: Los Angeles Clippers
- Position: Small Forward, Shooting Guard
- Jersey Number: #2
- Previous Teams:
- Toronto Raptors
- San Antonio Spurs
- College Team: San Diego State Aztecs
- High School: King in Riverside, California
- Recruiting Rank: 2009 (48)
- NBA Draft:
- Year: 2011
- Round: 1
- Pick: 15
- Selected by: Indiana Pacers
- NBA Debut: December 26, 2011
- Experience: 11 years
- Current Team: Los Angeles Clippers
- Physical Details:
- Height: 2.01 m (6-7)
- Weight: 102 kg (225 lb)
- Wingspan: 2.21 m
- Shoots: Right
- Shoe Size: 14 (US)
- Hand Measurements:
- Width: 11¼ inches
- Wrist to index finger: 9¾ inches
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Signed on: August 12, 2021
- Duration: Four years
- Total Value: $176,265,152
- Annual Salary: Approx. $44,066,288
- Net Worth: Approx. $80 million
- Other Details:
- Social Media Handle:
- Twitter: kawhileonard
- Social Media Handle:
Kawhi Leonard Stats
Team: San Antonio Spurs (SA), Toronto Raptors (TOR), LA Clippers (LAC)
Games Played (GP): 628
Games Started (GS): 599
Average Minutes per Game (MIN): 31.5
- Points (PTS): 19.6 PPG
- Field Goals (FG): 49.5% (7.1-14.3)
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 38.7% (1.5-4.0)
- Free Throws (FT): 85.9% (4.0-4.6)
- Rebounds (REB): 6.4 RPG
- Assists (AST): 3.0 APG
- Blocks (BLK): 0.6 BPG
- Steals (STL): 1.7 SPG
- Fouls (PF): 1.7 PFPG
- Turnovers (TO): 1.6 TOPG
- Points (PTS): 12,324
- Field Goals (FG): 4,432-8,951
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 969-2,501
- Free Throws (FT): 2,491-2,899
- Rebounds (REB): 4,027
- Assists (AST): 1,876
Efficiency & Discipline:
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 1.8
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 1.1
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.377
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.55
- Double Doubles (DD2): 92
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 1
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 4
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 0
- Disqualifications (DQ): 0
- Ejections (EJECT): 0
Kawhi Leonard, often referred to as “The Klaw” for his large hands and defensive prowess, has proven to be one of the NBA’s premier talents. A two-time NBA Finals MVP, Leonard has been recognized for both his offensive abilities and his lockdown defense. Throughout his stints with the Spurs, Raptors, and Clippers, Leonard has shown leadership, consistency, and the ability to deliver in crucial moments.
Kawhi Leonard 2023-24 Profile
Kawhi Leonard — the 6 foot 7, 225 pound Small Forward for the Los Angeles Clippers — has been one of the NBA’s biggest stars for the past decade. He has already solidified himself as one of the NBA’s premiere defenders of all time, is among the league’s most well-rounded scorers, and has two NBA Championships under his belt. But Kawhi Leonard’s past few seasons (really, all four seasons he has played with the Los Angeles Clippers) have been underwhelming, from a team standpoint. Much of this is due to injury, which Leonard can’t be blamed for. Yet, one can’t help but wonder if Kawhi Leonard still has more world-class seasons within him, or if his best days are in the past. Only time will tell.
In this article, we’ll analyze Kawhi Leonard’s general information, his pre-NBA life, how his career has gone so far, and what we can expect for his 2023-24 season.
Kawhi Leonard General Information
Kawhi Anthony Leonard was born on June 29, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, USA. His parents are Mark and Kim Leonard. Tragically, Mark Leonard was murdered on January 18, 2008, when Kawhi was just 16 years old. The motive for and suspect behind Mark Leonard’s murder is still unknown.
Kawhi Leonard has a longtime girlfriend, named Kishele Shipley. The couple have been together since 2014, where they met at San Diego State University. They currently have two kids together.
On August 12, 2021, Kawhi Leonard signed a four-year, $176,265,152 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, which amounts to an annual average salary of $44,066,288. Kawhi Leonard’s estimated net worth is $80 million.
Leonard wears jersey number 2, and is a size 14 (US) shoe. His hands (which are his most famous features) measure 11¼ inches wide and 9¾ inches from wrist to index finger.
Kawhi Leonard Background
Kawhi Leonard attended Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, California for his first two years of high school, before transferring to Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, California as a junior. During that junior season, Leonard averaged 22.6 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3 blocks per game, and was named California Mr. Basketball once the season ended.
Leonard was listed as the 2009 recruiting class’s #8 small forward recruit and the #48 player nationwide. On October 22, 2008, Kawhi announced his commitment to play college basketball at San Diego State University.
As a freshman at SDSU in 2009–10, Leonard averaged 12.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and helped lead the team to a Mountain West Conference title. He led the Mountain West Conference in rebounding, was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Mountain West, and was the 2010 Mountain West Tournament MVP.
Leonard averaged 15.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore, and SDSU won its second consecutive Mountain West Championship. They also advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2011 NCAA Tournament before losing to the University of Connecticut — who went on to win the National Championship. Leonard was named a Second-Team All-American after the season.
A few weeks after his sophomore season ended, Kawhi Leonard declared for the 2011 NBA Draft. And on June 23, 2011, Leonard was selected with the 15th overall pick of the 2011 Draft by the Indiana Pacers — but was traded to the San Antonio Spurs that same night.
Leonard’s NBA Career So Far
As a rookie in the 2011-12 season, Leonard averaged 7.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and shot 37.6% from three-point range. He finished 4th in Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Leonard’s scoring average increased to 11.9 points per game in his second season, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Although Leonard averaged 14.6 points and 11.1 rebounds during the Finals, the Spurs lost the series in seven games.
In the 2013-14 season, the two teams rematched in the NBA Finals — but this time San Antonio went on to win the series 4–1, securing Leonard’s first NBA Championship. Leonard averaged 17.8 points on 61% shooting throughout the series, and was named NBA Finals MVP. He also earned NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the first time that season.
Leonard’s scoring average increased again in the 2014-15 season, this time to 16.5 points per game. He also won NBA Defensive Player of the Year — joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win both NBA Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP.
Leonard added to his accolades in the 2015-16 season, where he became an All-Star for the first time in his career, earned Defensive Player of the Year honors for a second straight year, and finished second in NBA MVP voting, behind Steph Curry.
After an injury-plagued 2017-18 season where he only played in nine games, Leonard returned in 2018-19 after being traded to the Toronto Raptors, and averaged 26.6 points per game. He was an All-Star for the third time that season, and led the Raptors to the NBA Finals, where they defeated the Golden State Warriors to win Leonard his 2nd NBA Championship. Leonard was also named NBA Finals MVP after the series.
On July 10, 2019, Leonard signed with the Los Angeles Clippers to a three-year, $103 million contract. On February 16 of that 2019-20 season, Leonard was named the 2020 NBA All-Star Game MVP. The Clippers lost in the Western Conference semifinals, and Leonard was named to his fourth All-NBA team once the season ended.
After excellent play on both ends of the floor during the 2020-21 season, Leonard earned his seventh All-Defensive Team selection, fifth All-NBA Team selection, and third All-NBA First Team honors. Unfortunately, Leonard suffered a partial tear of his ACL during the playoffs this season, which caused him to miss the 2020-21 playoffs and the entire 2021-22 season, as well.
Returning in 2022-23, Leonard averaged 23.8 points per game — which was his lowest points per game in a season since 2017-16. He missed the last three games of the Clippers first round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns because of a torn meniscus in his right knee, and the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Suns in five games.
Kawhi Leonard 2023-24 Season Forecast
When healthy, there is no question that Kawhi Leonard is one of the NBA’s best players. His combination of athleticism, size, intelligence, and versatility makes him absolutely lethal on defense — and his ability to score at any place on the floor with efficiency rounds out a skillset that is virtually flawless.
Yet, if Leonard has one flaw, it’s his injury history. Both him and Paul George — the Clippers’ other superstar — have been marred by various injuries throughout their tenure with the team. Because of this, the Clippers haven’t been true championship contenders while the duo has been in Los Angeles together. But if they both manage to stay healthy throughout the entire 2023-24 season, that could change in a heartbeat. What’s for sure is that when he’s on the floor, Kawhi Leonard is one of the most fun players in the league to watch. And he if can remain on the court for the entire 2023-24 season, perhaps his 3rd NBA Championship will be within reach.
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