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Kawhi Leonard | Forward | #2

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 230
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (15) / IND
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Kawhi Leonard (rest) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Wizards.
Kawhi has looked fantastic early on this season, averaging 27.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists over the Raptors first two games. However, it's important to remember he only played nine games last season due to a debilitating quad injury. Saturday is the back end of a back-to-back, and the third game in four nights for the Raps. Leonard played over 35 minutes in each of the first two contests. Toronto is understandably erring on the side of caution. OG Anunoby and Norman Powell will likely soak up extra minutes Saturday in D.C. Oct 20 - 1:22 PM

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Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steal and two 3-pointers in a 113-101 win over the Celtics on Friday.

The MVP chants were out in Toronto and Kawhi said after the game that he appreciated them. After the opener, coach Nick Nurse said he wanted to try to dial back Leonard's minutes at some spots, but he followed up a 37-minute Wednesday with 36 during this big win. Leonard still hasn't hit his stride overall, but his 33.7 usage rate is a very big number for a guy who made his money on efficiency. If Leonard is healthy, he'll be a fantasy monster.
Oct 19 - 11:52 PM

Kawhi Leonard made his regular-season Raptors debut on Wednesday, scoring 24 points with 12 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

A tumultuous summer and injury-spoiled 2017-18 campaign don't detract from the simple fact that Kawhi is a top-five fantasy player when healthy. He made 9-of-22 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws, and helped Toronto cruise to a 116-104 opening-night victory. His quad injury appears completely healed and he could be a steal for owners who landed him in the late-first or second rounds.
Oct 18 - 12:14 AM

Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Jonas Valanciunas and Fred VanVleet will all be rested on Thursday.

There's no reason to push any of these guys and coach Nick Nurse can cut loose with his rotations tonight, so we'll be keeping an eye on which reserves step up to fill the void.
Oct 11 - 6:54 PM

Kawhi Leonard said he "felt great" and experienced "no pain" in his right quad during his preseason debut on Saturday.

Leonard only lasted nine games last season, but the reports this summer have been nothing but positive and he'll be in a great situation to produce in Toronto. He's an easy top-5 talent when healthy, and will need to prove that he can stay on the court in a contract year, making him an intriguing late-first, early-second round target on draft day.
Oct 2 - 3:22 PM

Kawhi Leonard returned to action on Saturday against the Blazers, scoring 12 points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and no turnovers in 19 minutes.

He didn't quite have the burst, but that's fine for a guy who hasn't really been right for 1.5 years. The headline here is that Leonard was still taking contact in the paint, making 6-of-11 from the line and using his body overall. He also played next to Kyle Lowry and those two seem to know they're going to dominate the first unit offensive work. There's a ton of risk in drafting a guy who missed so much time, but he could be worth the dice roll in the second round, or even late first if you're feeling frisky.
Sep 29 - 9:51 PM

Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, C.J. Miles and Serge Ibaka will start against the Blazers on Saturday.

Unleash The Klaw. The Raptors also go with a small-ball lineup here with Ibaka at the five, so that should help open things up for the perimeter guys. OG Anunoby is out, so that likely explains C.J. Miles starting. Leonard and Lowry have been working together a lot, so expect them to be on the floor together for just about all of their minutes tonight.
Sep 29 - 5:28 PM

Kawhi Leonard said it "felt amazing" to be able to go through 5-on-5 work at Tuesday's practice.

This was Leonard's first time participating in full-contact, 5-on-5 work since January, and he came out of the scrimmage without issue. "It felt amazing to just play, run up and down and compete," said Leonard. "They did a great job of letting us move along with the drills quickly, transition in drills. It was a great practice today. I enjoyed it. Coming back tonight to get some shots up, and I'm ready for Round 2." So far, so good.
Sep 25 - 3:58 PM

Kawhi Leonard is "all systems go" for training camp.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse also said he doesn't think Leonard's health will be an issue this season. "Not from what I've seen, at all," Nurse said. "But a guy that hasn't played that much [over the last year], we're going to monitor it." All eyes are going to be on him in the preseason to see if the quad issue is truly behind him.
Sep 24 - 10:20 AM

The Clippers are "emerging as a front-runner" to sign Kawhi Leonard in free agency next summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Leonard hasn't even had an official practice with the Raptors and he's already rumored to be headed elsewhere, but a lot can happen before next July. The Clippers are reportedly a favored landing spot for Butler, who may be hoping to join Kawhi or another max free agent -- the Clippers can accommodate two max salaries. For now, fantasy owners should focus on Kawhi's health and willingness to compete for the Raptors in 2018-19.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 19 - 10:25 PM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said that Kawhi Leonard is healthy and expects Leonard to arrive in Toronto "shortly."

Here's the full quote from Ujiri on Leonard: "He's happy, and from what everybody has told me he's healthy. He's determined. He seems in the right frame of mind... I think there's a fire inside him and we're all excited about that." Masai also stated that Leonard has already spent a lot of time with the Raptors coaches and met many of his new teammates while training in L.A. over the summer.
Sep 18 - 12:15 PM

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said she has heard that the Clippers are Kawhi Leonard's preferred destination next season.

It has long been reported that Leonard wants to land in L.A. next season. However, it was assumed that the Lakers were his top choice. Apparently, that's not the case according to Shelburne's sources. In fact, the Lakers rank behind the Clips and the Raptors. This will obviously be a story that takes many twists and turns and generates buzz all year long.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 11:03 AM

Raptors assistant coach Phil Handy said Kawhi Leonard is "doing great."

"He’s in great shape. Body looks good, he’s feeling good, he’s moving well," Handy said. "I don’t anticipate any issues or any problems. He’s working hard and he’s a hard worker." This comes on the heels of a report that Leonard looked "remarkable" at a recent workout, but fantasy owners will want to see him for themselves during the preseason.
Sep 3 - 10:18 AM

Kawhi Leonard is reportedly "100 percent" and has looked "remarkable" at recent workouts.

Leonard is reportedly working without limitations, and this is the first report we've had indicating that he's fully recovered from the quad issue that limited him to just nine games last season. Leonard has top-5 potential and he'll be stepping into a major role in Toronto, but the risk here is obvious. A strong training camp and preseason would go a long way towards alleviating some of our concerns.
Source: Amico Hoops
Aug 27 - 6:53 PM

Kawhi Leonard and his camp are reportedly "going to go into [Toronto] with an open mind" this season, according Spurs beat writer Jabari Young.

"I think he still feels like L.A. might be the [ultimate] destination," Young said, referring to Kawhi's potential decision in free agency next summer. "But at the same time, he plans to go into this thing with an open mind, giving it every single shot in the world to make it work." Toronto recently added one of Kawhi's long-term friends to their coaching staff, and they'll do everything in their power to convince him to stay beyond 2018-19. Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that "So far, Leonard's preference is to sign in Los Angeles with either the Lakers or Clippers next season," so the Raptors may be fighting an uphill battle.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 24 - 4:37 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Delon Wright
3Fred VanVleet
4Lorenzo Brown
5Kyle Collinsworth
SG1Danny Green
2C.J. Miles
3Malachi Richardson
SF1Kawhi Leonard
2OG Anunoby
3Norman Powell
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Pascal Siakam
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Greg Monroe
3Chris Boucher
4Eric Moreland