Born: June 29, 1991
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, CA
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Career and Life
Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Leonard played two seasons of college basketball for the San Diego State Aztecs and was a consensus second-team All-American as a sophomore. The Indiana Pacers selected him with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft but traded him to the San Antonio Spurs the same day.
With the Spurs, Leonard won an NBA championship in 2014, when he was named the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP). After seven seasons with the Spurs, Leonard was traded to the Raptors in 2018. In 2019, he led the Raptors to their first NBA championship in franchise history and won his second Finals MVP award.
He is a three-time All-Star and has two All-NBA first team selections. Nicknamed "The Claw" or "The Klaw" for his ball-hawking skills, Leonard has earned five All-Defensive team selections and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015 and 2016.
Leonard is the son of Mark Leonard and Kim Robertson. He is the youngest child of the family and has four sisters. His father was shot and killed on January 18, 2008, at the Compton car wash he owned. Leonard insisted on playing the next evening and broke down emotionally after the game. As of 2019 the murderer had still not been found. Leonard is the cousin of American football wide receiver Stevie Johnson.
Leonard's girlfriend, Kishele Shipley, gave birth to their first child in July 2016. In March 2019, the couple welcomed their second child, a boy.
In 2018 Leonard reportedly signed a multi-year endorsement deal with New Balance, the multinational sports footwear and apparel corporation. He had previously signed with Air Jordan brand, a subsidiary of Nike. In June 2019, Leonard filed a federal lawsuit against Nike. According to the lawsuit, Nike copyrighted Leonard's "Klaw" logo without his consent.
Leonard is known for his quiet and private demeanor. He rarely gives interviews and avoids questions about his private life. Leonard has also said that he does not actively consume news media or use social media.