Kawhi Leonard has had an incredible year just short of a championship. He worked hard last off season to get better as a basketball player, and that’s what we got this year.
He said one of his goals this season was to become an All Star. When All Star weekend came around, Leonard represented the San Antonio Spurs as a starter for the West.
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Leonard played some incredible defense on some of the best players in the game, blocking shots and keeping the perimeter tight as the Spurs ranked atop in the defensive team category for the entire season. That was enough to get Leonard his second Defensive Player of the Year award in a row, something rarely done.
He led his team throughout the season along with LaMarcus Aldridge, tying the the ’85-86 Celtics with a 40-1 home record and a 67-15 overall record, the best of any Spurs team in NBA history. He also secured a spot on the All-NBA First Team.
It was a remarkable season, only outdone by the Golden State Warriors, who reached a 73-9 record, the best record of any team in NBA history. Stephen Curry won the league MVP–for the second-consecutive year.
Leonard finished second in MVP voting, and cemented his place as a superstar in the NBA.
Eventually the Spurs lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the conference semi finals, and their season ended. However, that didn’t end what has been a year of more ups than downs for Leonard.
This summer, Team USA will play in the Rio Olympics and Leonard will represent the USA. If that’s not enough, his personal life is about to change as well. Leonard recently threw a baby shower because he is expecting his first child to be born this July.
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) May 23, 2016
Leonard, soon to turn 25 years old, is about to find an off court challenge much more important than basketball, and one that none of his awards compare to. There is always the chance that he weens a mini version of himself, possibly a future WNBA player.