How much is Kawhi Leonard worth?
|Professional Basketball Player
|Date of Birth:
|June 29, 1991 (age 31)
|United States of America
|6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
About Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player whose achievements continue to baffle a lot of people especially basketball fans both in the United States and across the world. He was born in Los Angeles, California on the 29th of June 1991 to one Mark and Kim Leonard. Kawhi is the last born child to his parents and he has four older sisters. He is quite the family guy himself having a girlfriend and daughter. Currently, Kawhi plays for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kawhi’s rise to fame traces back to the year 2011 when he began playing basketball professionally. Prior to that, he played in his high school and college basketball teams. It was in his senior year at the Martin Luther King high school that he earned himself the Mr. Basketball California title after leading his team; the King High Wolves to a win with a record of 30-3.
Kawhi’s prowess in basketball further came to light during the 2009-2010 season when he lead his college team, the Aztecs, not only to a record of 25-9 but also to the Mountain West Conference. This gave the San Diego State University an automatic entry to the NCAA tournament where they were unfortunately knocked out in the first round.
During this time Kawhi was just a freshman but despite his team being defeated he managed to bring himself into the limelight through his impressive playing skills. He was named the MWC freshman of the year, the first team All-MWC and the 2010 MWC tournament MVP. Quite the record for a freshman!
Kawhi Leonard was also a football player. “I was good. I probably could have gone to the NFL. I just hated practice,” he has said. In his sophomore year, his college team qualified for the NCAA tournament once again but was again knocked out of the championship; this time after having progressed all the way to the 16th round. Leonard gave up his two final seasons at the San Diego State University to join the NBA draft in 2011 after he made the second team All American and this is where his career as a professional basketball player picked up.
On a professional level, Leonard has played for several teams in the NBA. He was first with Indiana Pacers after being their 15th overall pick in the NBA draft of 2011 but was traded later that night to the San Antonio Spurs. His time with the spurs has seen him win a lot of awards beginning with the MVP award and afterwards the NBA defensive player of the year award.
He received his second NBA defensive player of the year award while still with the spurs and also got his first All-Star selection during the same period. The other achievements of Leonard Kawhi during his time with the spurs were securing his second NBA First-Team selection and a third time selection to All-Defensive First Team.
He was later on traded to the Toronto Raptors following a series of disagreements with the spurs management.
Kawhi helped the Raptors get to the NBA finals for the very first time, proving his worth as a player. In the finals, the raptors were able to beat the Golden State Warriors, securing the championship for a very first time with Leonard’s help. The championship aside, Kawhi managed to register a total of 732 points in the NBA a number that is the third largest total points to ever be registered in an NBA postseason in the league’s history. He was then named the MVP of the NBA finals, this being for the second time in his career.
After some great achievements with the Toronto Raptors, Leonard then joined the Los Angeles Clippers on the 10th of July 2019 up to date.
Leonard reached fame the moment he began playing professionally and his prowess in the game is something that has always made him stand out and land so many awards.
Most of Leonard’s money comes from his salary as a professional basketball player. Some of his other income comes from endorsement deals as well as various investments.
Kawhi’s career started to really pay off when he began playing with the Spurs. His achievements thus far right from when he began playing basketball are as follows:
- he was named Mr. basketball California
- he made the First-team All-MWC
- Kawhi made the All-American second-team
- he made the All-Rookie first team
- Leonard made the NBA’s All-Defensive Second and First teams
- he was named NBA’s defensive player of the year in the 2015-2016 season
- he made the All-NBA First and Second teams
- he was named NBA’s All-Star four times
- he became NBA Finals MVP twice
- he became an NBA champion twice
Kawhi Leonard has earned his net worth almost exclusively in the NBA. As of 2023, Leonard is estimated to be worth $80 million.
Leonard’s success story is just like the many success stories we hear, it has not been an easy journey. Since way back in high school when he began playing basketball, his aim was to be the best. His commitment and dedication have helped a great deal in his becoming successful. Discipline in his practice is also another major contributing factor to his success.
Leonard’s motivation and drive comes from wanting to win and be and do better than his opponent. This is also what makes him generally successful; the fact that he knows he can be better than he is and works towards that every single day.
Regardless of who you and what walk of life you are in, you can always do better, reach more success, by setting your eyes on a goal and taking consistent action toward it every day. This is how Kawhi Leonard has lived his life and is a testament to the reality that hard work, pays off.
The making of a star has never been an easy process. Talented as one may be, so many factors will determine where and how far you will go.
Leonard’s is an inspirational journey that has within it a lot of valuable lessons on success and what it takes to be successful. Wealth and riches do not come easily but rather have to be worked for in any particular field.
To get to where he is, Kawhi has had to go the extra mile in terms of his commitment, discipline and dedication to what he loves doing the most; playing basketball. As it is often said, you can do anything once you put your mind to it, and who better provides this statement than Kawhi Leonard?