Former Raptors Star Kawhi Leonard Named AP’s Athlete of the Year
The accolades keep on coming for Kawhi Leonard.
Coming off one of the most legendary playoff runs in the history of the NBA, along with gymnast Simon Biles, Leonard was named AP’s Athlete of the Year. The Los Angeles Clippers star spent half of 2019 north of the border where he helped lead the Toronto Raptors to their first championship.
Kawhi Leonard is named AP male athlete of the year, becoming the 5th NBA player to win the award. pic.twitter.com/DpTFw42nyr
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 27, 2019
From quite possibly the most clutch shot in NBA history to putting an end to the Golden State Warriors dynasty, Leonard forced himself into conversation for best player in the world. With his help, the Raptors were named the Canadian Press’ best team of the year, garnering 61 of 67 votes.
“The momentum of the championship run brought fans from all over the country, and it seemed like unification,” the Raptors president said. “Everywhere you looked — Montreal, Vancouver — you saw fans watching.”
“It’s what we’ve always said, it’s one team, one country, and if you can put it together that way and you’re good, there’ll be unified support. We saw that.”
Leonard went onto sign a 3-year, $103 million contract with the Clippers over the offseason.