Kawhi Leonard Selected as Western Conference All-Star
The NBA today announced that L.A. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard has been selected by fans, players and media members as a Western Conference starter in the 69th NBA All-Star Game, which will be held at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, February 16th at 5 p.m. PST on TNT.
This marks Leonard’s fourth career All-Star appearance (2019, 2017, 2016), all of which he has been named a starter.
In his ninth NBA season, Leonard is averaging career-highs in points (27.1) rebounds (7.4) and assists (5.0). The 6'7" forward, who was recently named Western Conference Player of the Week, currently ranks eighth in the NBA in points per game and is tied for third in steals per game (2.0).
This season he has recorded two 40+ point games and is currently on a six-game streak with 30+ points, becoming the third player in franchise history to score 30+ points in five or more consecutive games. One of Leonard’s 40-point performances came against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 14th, where he recorded 43 points in 28 minutes, becoming the only player in Clippers history to score 40+ points in under 30 minutes and the third player in NBA history to score 43+ points in less than 29 minutes.
The two-time Defensive Player of the Year (2016, 2015) and two-time Finals MVP (2019, 2014) holds career averages of 18.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals. The Moreno Valley Native has been voted All-NBA First Team twice (2017, 2016), All-NBA Second Team once (2019), and All-Defensive First Team three times (2017, 2016, 2015).
The NBA All-Star Game team rosters will be drafted by the two captains. They will choose from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their selections regardless of conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.