Spurs Re-Sign Kawhi Leonard
2015 NBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR TO EXTEND CAREER IN SAN ANTONIO
SAN ANTONIO (July 16, 2015) – The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have re-signed forward Kawhi Leonard. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced.
Leonard, who led the league in steals last season, was named the 2015 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He joins Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win both a Defensive Player of the Year award and a Finals MVP. In his four year NBA career he has twice been named to the league’s All-Defensive Team (First Team in 2014-15 and Second Team in 2013-14). Additionally, he was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team in 2011-12.
Last season Leonard posted career highs, averaging 16.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.31 steals and 31.8 minutes in 64 games, while shooting .479 (394-822) from the field, .349 (67-192) from downtown and .802 (202-252) from the foul line. He scored in double figures 55 times, including a career-best 21 games with 20-or-more points. Leonard was one of just two players in the NBA to average at least 16.0 points, 7.0 re-bounds and 2.00 steals (Russell Westbrook).
For his career with the Silver and Black, Leonard has appeared in 252 contests, averaging 12.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.76 steals in 29.0 minutes.
In the postseason, the California native has appeared in 65 games, averaging 13.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.55 steals in 32.9 minutes. He won 41 playoff games in 58 appearances before his 23rd birthday, which ranks second all-time behind Kobe Bryant (42 wins). After averaging 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.60 steals in five games, Leonard was named the 2014 NBA Finals MVP after a 4-1 series win over Miami, becoming the third-youngest player to ever win the award.
The 15th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Leonard was obtained by the Spurs in a draft-night deal with the Indiana Pacers. He played collegiately at San Diego State University from 2009-11.