Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player who is currently contracted to the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He plays primarily as a small forward, though he is often fielded as a point forward, shooting guard and power forward. His oft-used nickname, The Klaw, originated when fans noticed his hand size (measured 11 inches from tip to tip).
Over the last 7 seasons in the NBA, Kawhi has won numerous accolades. He’s a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, a two-time All Star, a two time All-NBA first team selection and was the Finals MVP for the Spurs in their 2014 NBA championship run. He has been selected to the NBA’s All-Defensive teams 4 times, featuring thrice on the first team.
Leonard has been called the game’s best two-way player by a number of NBA experts and greats, including Michael Jordan. After initially serving as a role player in a Spurs team comprising of future Hall of Famers Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, Leonard first rose to national attention following his excellent defensive play in the 2013 NBA Finals. Leonard has raised his scoring average for 5 consecutive seasons, going from 7.9 points per outing in his rookie year to an MVP-caliber statline of 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game on an average of 33.4 minutes. Leonard finished second in MVP voting in 2016 and third in 2017.
Kawhi Leonard Net Worth & Endorsements
Kawhi Leonard has a net worth of $25 million dollars and has a salary of $16 million. The Klaw is the 36th best-paid NBA player and the 3rd best-paid player of Toronto Raptors. Leonard signed a deal with New Balance in 2018, after ending the deal with Jordan Brand. Kawhi is expected to launch his sneaker line with New Balance in the near future.