After all his struggles with the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard requested to be traded and one year after he landed in Toronto, the Californian can’t say he hasn’t had the best time of his life. Leonard has just become a two-time NBA Champions following the Toronto Raptors victory over the Golden State Warriors, 114-110 on Thursday night, where he posted 22 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Raptors, who took the series in six games.
Moreover, seeing how great he was through the playoffs and the Finals, Leonard got to win the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP award averaging 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.2 steals, which took Kawhi to join one of the most exclusive clubs in the NBA while achieving a milestone that no one before him could be able to do.
Kawhi has just joined a club with the names of LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only three players to win Finals MVP with multiple franchises. He first won the 2014 Finals MVP with the San Antonio Spurs, when the Texans smashed the Miami Heat in 5 games.
Kawhi Leonard joins LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabar as the ONLY players to win Finals MVP with MULTIPLE teams. pic.twitter.com/aNiUYMGr8d
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) June 14, 2019
Aside from that honor, Leonard also becomes the 12th player in NBA history to win two or more Finals MVP awards overall in their career, but, to make things better and more impressive, the Klaw became the first player to win the Finals MVP in both the Eastern and Western Conference.
Now the baller is going to enter one of the most important times of his career, he has a decision to make over his future and now that he won a title with the Raptors, the expectations just get bigger. For now, he’ll only focus on celebrating this title and recover from his injury.