Kawhi Leonard in 2016-17

Kawhi Leonard in 2016-17

  • In his sixth NBA season, Leonard averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 74 games.
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  • He shot .485 from the field, .380 from 3-point range and .880 from the free throw line.
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  • Leonard is a finalist for League MVP, joining Houston’s James Harden and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
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  • Leonard also joins Golden State’s Draymond Green and Utah’s Rudy Gobert as finalists for Defensive Player of the Year. Leonard has won the past two awards.
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  • Leonard is nominated for Block of the Year for a block on Houston’s James Harden on March 6. Leonard finished the game with 39 points, six rebounds and five assists, and hit a 3-pointer to give the Spurs the lead seconds before the block.
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  • Leonard is one of three players in NBA history to receive both two All-NBA First Team selections and two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards.
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  • The other two players are centers Hakeem Olajuwon and Dwight Howard, making Leonard the only guard or forward with the distinction.
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  • Leonard scored in double figures in every game he played for 2016-17, becoming the first Spur to accomplish the feat since Robinson in 1994-95. Leonard has been in double figures for his last 108 regular season games.
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  • Leonard scored 30 or more points in 26 games this season, joining George Gervin and Robinson as the only Spurs with 30 or more points in 25 games for a season.
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  • Leonard’s scoring average has improved every season for his first six years in the league. Only two other players in the last 20 years have improved their scoring average for six straight years and averaged more than 25 points: Joe Johnson and Michael Redd.
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  • Leonard had a career-high 41 points on Jan. 21 in the Spurs’ overtime win against Cleveland.
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  • From Jan. 10 to 21, Leonard had a streak of six straight games with 30 or more points, equaling the longest streak by any Spur since George Gervin had 30-plus in 10 straight in 1980.
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  • Leonard was selected to his second straight NBA All-Star Game, voted in as a Western Conference starter for the Feb. 19 game in New Orleans.
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  • Leonard was selected to the All-NBA First Team, earning the honor for the second straight season.
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  • In the playoffs, Leonard averaged 27.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 12 games.
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  • Leonard led the Spurs in points, rebounds, assists, and steals per game for the playoffs.
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  • In Game 4 of the Spurs’ first-round series against Memphis, Leonard scored a playoff career-high 43 points, including the Spurs’ last 16 of the game.
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  • Leonard made his first 42 free throws of the 2017 playoffs. He finished the playoffs 95 of 102 (.931) from the free throw line.
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  • In Game 2 of the Second Round against Houston, Leonard scored 34 points on 13 of 16 shooting, with seven rebounds and eight assists.
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  • Leonard was leading all scorers with 26 points midway through Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals when he suffered a left ankle injury and missed the rest of the postseason.
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