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San Antonio Spurs: A list of Kawhi Leonard’s accolades

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 9: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Houston Rockets during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 9: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Houston Rockets during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Kawhi Leonard departed the San Antonio Spurs via trade in the offseason, but despite everything that happened, he still found success for seven seasons.

Kawhi Leonard might not be the most revered player in San Antonio Spurs history after this offseason’s events. Everything finally culminated in the season-long saga over his mysterious quadriceps injury, with the trade of him and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.

This closed Leonard’s seven years in San Antonio, six of which saw him rise to become one of the NBA’s best players. He accomplished accolades along the way, as well, to support his case among LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and others.

What were Leonard’s accomplishments in his seven Spurs seasons? Let’s take a look:

  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2011-12)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2013-14)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2014)
  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2014-15)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17)
  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2014-15)
  • All-NBA First Team (2015-16, 2016-17)
  • NBA Player of the Week (Dec. 21, 2015)
  • NBA All-Star Game appearances (2016, 2017)
  • NBA Player of the Week (Mar. 7, 2016)
  • 2nd in NBA MVP voting (2015-16)
  • NBA Player of the Week (Jan. 23, 2017)
  • NBA Player of the Week (Mar. 6, 2017)
  • 3rd in NBA MVP voting (2016-17)

Despite the animosity around Leonard’s desired and granted departure via trade, it was a successful stint for him in the Silver and Black, which placed him among the organization’s all-time greats.

Leonard will continue his NBA career for at least one season in Toronto, before the chance to hit free agency in 2019. Had the trade not happened, this situation takes over San Antonio’s 2019 offseason and potentially sees them lose him for nothing.

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Look for Leonard to return to the AT&T Center on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, for the first time since the trade. The same for Green in what may be one of this season’s most anticipated games.

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