The San Antonio Spurs might not get Kawhi Leonard back for the remainder of the season. If so, his stats for the 2017-18 campaign will fall well below his line from 2016-17.
Since a preseason injury announcement, San Antonio Spurs fans have questioned the status of Kawhi Leonard. He was ruled out with a right quadriceps ailment, which took him out for the first two months of the 2017-18 season. The Spurs brought him back in mid-December, but only for a shoulder injury to arise.
When the shoulder became a non-issue, Leonard returned but left the court shortly after. He was ruled out with the same quad injury, which the team labeled “return from injury management.” Since Jan. 13, that has been the case.
It’s March 30, and the Spurs have just six games left on the schedule. That leaves little room for Leonard to return before the playoffs, something that’s hardly a given and potentially leads toward a comeback in the 2018-19 season. If so, it leaves the two-time All-Star with numbers that fall well below his career-highs (stat averages) from the past two campaigns:
- Points: 16.2
- Rebounds: 4.7
- Assists: 2.3
- Steals: 2.0
- Blocks: 1.0
- Field Goal Percentage: 46.8 percent
- 3-Point Field Goal Percentage: 31.4 percent
The points per game total marks Leonard’s lowest average since the 2013-14 season. Rebounds sit at a career-low mark. Assists tally in at his smallest mark since the 2013-14 season, as well.
However, these numbers came through nine games. It’s arguably not enough of a sample size, especially for Leonard’s grandeur. Who knows how much pain he played through, too.
Whatever the case may be, 2017-18 was not your typical Kawhi Leonard season.