KAWHI LEONARD NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SAN ANTONIO (March 6, 2016) – The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 29, through Sunday, March 6. Cleveland’s LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
This is Leonard’s second time receiving the honor, both during the 2015-16 season.
Leonard averaged 27.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.67 steals in 37.3 minutes as the Spurs went 3-0 for the week, extending their win streak to eight games. He started the week off by registering 27 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in 36 minutes in a 97-81 victory over Detroit on March 2. The following night Leonard recorded his ninth double-double of the season with a team-high 30 points (12-22 FG, 6-10 3FG), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in a 94-86 victory at New Orleans The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year closed out the week with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in 36 minutes while helping the Spurs outlast the Sacramento Kings 104-94 on March 5.
For the year, Leonard is averaging a career-best 20.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.82 steals in 32.8 minutes while shooting .510 (432-847) from the field, .478 (108-226) from long range and .881 (215-244) from the foul line. He currently leads the NBA in three-point shooting, ranks 10th in free throw percentage, 11th in steals and 18th in scoring.
San Antonio currently has the second-best record in the NBA at 53-9, and set a franchise record by starting the season a perfect 30-0 at the AT&T Center.