Kawhi Leonard’s Fantasy Basketball Outlook

By George Middleton

Fantasy Basketball is just around the corner. The San Antonio Spurs have many terrific players on their roster to pick up in your drafts. However there aren’t many more intriguing options than small forward Kawhi Leonard. The 24-year old is on his way to stardom.

Last season was easily Leonard’s best season in his 4-year career.

Apr 10, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard averaged 16.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. His scoring is certainly coming along nicely, since he is known for his defense. Leonard’s rebounding numbers are terrific, as he ranks second in the category. His assists are rising, as he averaged 2 per game in 2013-14. Leonard is an efficient player. He shot 48% from the field and 80% from the free-throw stripe. He also made 67 threes in 64 games.

His defensive statistics are incredible. Leonard led the league in steals (2.3). Leonard also averaged 0.8 blocks.

What to Expect from Kawhi Leonard in 2015-16?

Leonard’s numbers should improve this season, despite the LaMarcus Aldridge acquisition.

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He should average around 20 points making him an elite fantasy basketball option. His rebounding should dip to around 6.5 per game, since Aldridge rebounds well. Leonard’s usage rate will only rise since Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are out of their primes. This means that Leonard should average at least 3 assists a game.

Leonard will continue to be efficient, as he takes good shots. His terrific defensive numbers will remain intact. He won Defensive Player of the Year last season for a reason!

Kawhi Leonard should be a top-15 fantasy basketball player this season. Expect him to put up some nice numbers across the board for the Spurs.

Predicted Statistics: 20.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2 spg, 0.9 bpg, 84 three-pointers made, 81% free throws, 49% field goals.

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