When it comes to great NBA teams, the San Antonio Spurs are often included in that list. The Spurs are consistently among the top teams in the Western Conference year in and year out. They have made 20 straight playoff appearances and have won five NBA Championships during that time. A great part of their success is their head coach, Gregg Popovich, but top players have helped contribute throughout the years. One of the top players on their current team is Kawhi Leonard. Prior to this season, Leonard had led the Spurs in scoring the past three seasons; however, injuries have plagued the star this year. The 26 year old should be able to return before the end of the season. If he does, the Spurs have another great shot of going deep in the playoffs. Kawhi Leonard’s net worth currently sits at $20 million.
A first round selection in the 2011 NBA draft, Leonard has spent the entirety of his career in a Spurs uniform after being drafted by the Pacers. Currently in his seventh NBA season, Kawhi has been steadily improving his stats each and every year. Last season he averaged a career high 25.5 points per game. Because of his stellar play, Kawhi is more than deserving of his current NBA contract which is worth over $94 million for five years. This massive contract has helped give rise to Kawhi Leonard’s net worth. Currently in year three of five for his contract, Leonard’s contract includes a fifth year player option worth over $21 million for the season. Chances are he will decline this fifth year option. What this will allow him to do is instead is to be able to sign an even larger and potentially longer contract. If Kawhi does decide to play out the remaining two years of his contract after this season, we can expect Kawhi’s net worth to double to $40 million.
It tends to be very easy to assess a player’s offensive ability; however, Leonard is known for his defensive prowess as well. He has received the Defensive Player of the Year award twice and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive team four times in his short career. He also helped lead San Antonio to an NBA Championship during the 2013-2014 NBA season and was named the Finals MVP for his performance.
The 2017-2018 season has been a rough one for Leonard thus far. He has only played in a total of nine games and will miss many more. He is expected to return to play before the end of the season due to a thigh injury he has been battling. The Spurs currently sit in third place in the NBA West and should be able to make their 21st straight playoff appearance. Fortunately, it appears that Kawhi will be able to join them and try to lead them to another NBA Championship.