An American professional basketball player, Kawhi Leonard was born as Kawhi Anthony Leonard. As of now, Kawhi currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers in NBA. He plays in the position of small forward and shooting guard in the team.
He is one the third player along with Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP. The proficient basketball player, Kawhi Leonard’s net worth is evaluated of $40 million as of 2019.
Here is everything you need to know about the rising NBA star Kawhi Leonard.
Kawhi Leonard took birth in Los Angeles, California on June 29, 1991, to parents Mark Leonard and Kim Robertson. He spent his childhood alongside his four elder sisters. At the age of 17, he lost his father after his father was murdered at a car wash center owned by his father.
Looking at his education detail, he joined Canyon Springs High School to pursue his early education. Later, he went to the Martin Luther King High School. He started showing interest in basketball from his school days. During his senior year in college, he earned the title of California Mr. Basketball.
He began his career by playing for the university team at San Diego State University. After an impressive performance from Leonard, he earned the title of the 2010 MWC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
The breakthrough point of his career was in 2011 when he was picked as the 15th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers in 2011 NBA Draft. Being selected by the Pacers, he couldn’t be made it to the team and was traded to San Antonio Spurs.
He showed great skill and ability and earned himself a position in the team of San Antonio Spurs. In the 2014 season, Leonard was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He also led his team to NBA Finals of the 2014 season. He was named as Most Value Player of 2014 NBA Finals. He was one of the third-youngest players to earn it.
Likewise, in the 2015 season, he was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He made it to the Western Conference All-Star team in 2016 after an impressive season. In 2016, after impressive performance against, Miami Heat in NBA Finals he earned the title of NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the second successive year.
The 2017-18 season went bad for him after suffering from several injuries. Later, he was traded to Toronto Raptors in July 2018. He started his brilliant performance with his new team and led the team to NBA Finals of 2019 season. The Toronto Raptors defeated Golden Warrior by 4-2 series win. He was named MPV of NBA Finals 2019. It was his second title in his playing career.
After playing for one season, he was traded to Los Angeles Clippers. He signed a 3-year contract that is worth $103 million with the Los Angeles Clippers in July 2019.
Net Worth and Earnings
Aforementioned, Kawhi Leonard’s net worth is evaluated at $40 million. The major source of income comes from his playing career. Recently, he signed a $103 million worth contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. After signing the huge contract, his average annual salary raised to $34.3 million.
Also, he makes a good sum of amount from the endorsement deals. He has signed endorsement contracts with popular brands like Air Jordan and New Balance.
Personal Life and Relationship
Talking about the personal life of Leonard, he is a loving relationship with his longtime girlfriend, Kishele Shipley. The couple together was blessed with first baby daughter Kaliyah Leonard on July 2016. In March 2019, the couple had their second baby son.
Furthermore, Kawhi has maintained his personal life too much more privacy. He has kept his personal life away from the limelight of media. Besides, he is also seen active in social media like Instagram and Twitter.
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