Kawhi Leonard is a professional basketball player in the United States. He plays for the ‘Toronto Raptors’. The team competes in the ‘National Basketball Association’. Leonard was determined about his basketball career since his high school days. He has won several awards for his skills in basketball. Here are the complete details about occupation, biography, and net worth of Kawhi Leonard in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Kawhi Anthony Leonard took birth on 29th June 1991 in Los Angeles, California. Gunshot killed his father, Mark Leonard on 18th January 2008. His mother’s name is Kim Robertson. He has four sisters. Kawhi is the youngest child of his parents. Famous football wide receiver Stevie Johnson is his cousin. Kawhi attended ‘Canyon Springs High School’ and ‘Martin Luther King High School’. He pursued his higher studies in ‘San Diego State University’.
Kawhi Leonard is dating California native Kishele Shipley. The duo is in a relationship since 2014. Kishele moved to Texas to live with Kawhi. They welcomed their baby daughter in July 2016. Leonard has kept secrecy about his personal life, as he doesn’t want his family to have media attention.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Kawhi Leonard’s basketball career started from his high school days. In his high school senior year, Leonard and Tony Snell were the leaders of the ‘King High Wolves’. In the same year, Leonard won the title of ‘California Mr Basketball’. Leonard got the 48th position in the list of ‘Player in the Nation’ in 2009. During his college days, Leonard helped ‘Aztecs’ to win the ‘Mountain West Conference’ title.
In 2011, Kawhi got selected in the ‘2011 NBA Draft’. He was the 15th overall pick. In the same year on 10th December, Leonard signed a deal with ‘San Antonio Spurs’. He was ranked 4th in the voting of ‘Rookie of the Year’. His name was inducted into 2012 ‘NBA All-Rookie First Team’. Leonard led ‘Spurs’ to win against ‘Memphis Grizzlies’ on 6th April 2014.
Leonard played so well that his team ‘San Antonio Spurs’ won the match against ‘Miami Heat’ in 2014. He received ‘NBA Finals MVP’ and was the third youngest player to win this achievement. He has won ‘NBA Defensive Player of the Year’ award twice in 2015 and 2016. The 2017-18 season was tough for Leonard as some injuries overshadowed him. Leonard signed ‘Toronto Raptors’ in 2018.
Net Worth & Earnings
Kawhi Leonard’s estimated net worth is $28 million. He has made this fortune from his successful basketball career. Kawhi has also earned many lucrative sponsorship deals from many brands such as ‘Wingstop San Antonio’, ‘Jordan Brand’, and ‘H-E-B Grocery Store Chain’ He is drawing a right amount of money out of his professional career.
‘San Antonio Spurs’ star Kawhi Leonard has brought victory several times for his team. Leonard has won the prestigious ‘NBA All-Star’ award two times in 2016 and 2017 respectively. In 2014, he received ‘NBA Finals Most Valuable Player’. He has missed many games due to his injuries. Leonard has established himself as a premier defender.