Kawhi Leonard Bio: Career, Education, Wife & Net worth

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Even if you are not a basketball or sports fan, there is no way that you would not have heard of the phenomenon Kawhi Leonard. Kawhi is not just a random basketball player, but one of the most remarkable NBA star to ever play the sport.

From a young age, Leonard has achieved indisputable success in the course of his NBA career. Since he debuted in the NBA, Kawhi has played for four different teams, including the San Antonio SpursToronto RaptorsLos Angeles Clippers, and Indiana Pacers.

Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard.

Moreover, Kawhi is a three-time All-Star and has got two All-NBA first-team selections. Similarly, he has also earned five All-Defensive team selections and two times the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

Well, most people might be familiar with him just as an NBA player and not thoroughly. So, today, let’s dive into the life of Kawhi Leonard and discuss all the information like his early life, family, net worth, personal life, kids, and so much more. 

Let’s start with some quick facts!

Quick Facts

Full Name Kawhi Anthony Leonard
Birth Date June 29, 1991
Age 32 Years Old
Birth Place Los Angeles, California, United States
Nick Name Kawhi, “The Klaw”
Religion Unknown
Nationality American
Ethnicity Afro-American
Education Martin Luther King High School

San Diego State University

Horoscope Cancer
Father’s Name Mark Leonard
Mother’s Name Kim Leonard
Siblings Four Sisters (Kimesha Monae Williams, Miesha Slayton)
Height 6 ft 7 inches(2.01 m)
Weight 102kg (225 lbs)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Measurement Chest – 47 inches Or 119 cm
Arms / Biceps – 16 inches Or 41 cm
Waist – 33 inches Or 84 cm
Build Athletic
Married In a relationship
Girlfriend Kishele Shipley
Children Two
Profession Basketball player
Net Worth $35 million
Salary $25 million
Affiliations National Basketball League (NBA)
Year Drafted 2011
Drafted By Indiana Pacers
Total Championship Rings 2
Won Championship Rings With San Antonio Spurs (2013–14), Toronto Raptors (2018–19)
Jersey Number 2 (Los Angeles Clippers)
Currently plays for Los Angeles Clippers
Points 10,408
Social Media InstagramTwitter
Merch Funko PopPoster
Last Update May, 2024

Who is Kawhi Leonard? Early Life, Parents & Ethnicity

Kawhi Anthony Leonard, shortly Kawhi Leonard, is a professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association( NBA). He was born in Los Angeles, California, the United States, to parents Mark Leonard and Kim Leonard

Kawhi Leonard
A young Kawhi Leonard.

Early on as a child, when Kawhi was just five years old, his parents got divorced. So, he moved to Moreno Valley, California, to live with his mother.

Even after his parent’s separation, Kawhi kept a good relationship with his dad as well. Moreover, he used to frequently visit his father on weekends and summers in Compton, California.

Aside from his parents, he grew up with his four elder sisters, Miesha SlaytonKimesha Monae Williams, and two others whose name is unknown. As a child, Kawhi was very passionate about sports and often practiced football with his dad from a very young age.

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But after attending high school, Kawhi ultimately decided to quit football to focus on Basketball. However, his father remained very supportive of his growing passion for the game and even used to help him train.

Well, everything was going well in Kawhi’s life until January 8th, 2008, when he received the heartbreaking news that would forever change his life. Kawhi’s father was shot and killed at the car wash he owned in Compton, California.

To date, the killer has not been recognized, and the motive remains unknown. 

“I felt like the world stopped. I didn’t want to believe it. It didn’t feel real to me. I’m not sure what happened I really don’t know anything other than someone randomly came to the car wash and shot him. I think it’s better for me not TO KNOW who it is.”

It was a devastating blow to Kawhi’s life, as he didn’t just lose him as a father but also as his football partner as well as his basketball motivator. 

Despite the heartbreaking news, Kawhi still played the game the next night against Dominguez Hills at the Pauley Pavilion. Kawhi later mentioned in his interviews with The Los Angeles saying,

“Basketball helps me take my mind off things, picking me up every day when I’m feeling down. Basketball is my life, and I want to go out there and take my mind off it. It was really sad. My father was Supposed to be at the game.”

Likewise, from that day, Kawhi decided to make his late dad proud by vowing to become a successful and excellent basketball player. Not to mention, Kawhi holds an American nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity (African-American).

Kawhi Leonard Education | Where did Kawhi Leonard go to college?

As for his education, Leonard first attended Canyon Springs High School and was later transferred to Martin Luther King High School.

In his senior year, Kawhi was named California Mr. Basketball, the best high school player for his outstanding performances throughout that year.

After a successful high school career, Kawhi joined  San Diego State University. While in the university, Kawhi joined the Aztecs and made remarkable contributions to the team. Likewise, his contribution helped Aztecs earn a 25-9 record and win the prestigious Mountain West Conference (MWC) tournament title.

Kawhi while playing for San Diego State University
Kawhi while playing for San Diego State University.

Moreover, Leonard finished with a 34–3 record in his sophomore season and won back-to-back conference tournament championships. Not to mention, Kawhi also led the MWC in rebounding and was named First Team All-MWC, MWC Freshman of the Year, and even the 2010 MWC Tournament MVP.

Likewise, he was also named as the Second Team All-America. After an incredible college career, Kawhi left San Diego State to enter the 2011 NBA draft.

How old is Kawhi Leonard | Age, Height & Body Measurements

Having born in the year 1991 makes Kawhi 32 Years Old as of now.

Likewise, the American native shares his birthday on June 29, making his birth sign CancerAnd from what we know, they are known for being talented, intelligent, and passionate, among other signs.

Likewise, Kawhi stands tall as the average NBA player with a height of 6 feet 7 inches(2.01 m) and reportedly weighs around 102 kgs(225 lbs). Not to mention, Kawhi’s agility and physicality is a plus point when it comes to his time on the court.

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kawhi leonard

With his athletic body in the higher percentile, it’s no wonder that he has been named Defensive Player of the year twice. Kawhi’s years of training and competing in the court have made him healthy and fit.

As for his body measurements, Kawhi’s chest measures 47 inches (119 cm), biceps measure 16 inches (41 cm), and waist measures 33 inches (84 cm). Other than that, Kawhi has got short black hair and a pair of black eyes.

How big is kawhi Leonard’s hand?

Kawhi Leonard possesses a hand of length 9.75 inches and a hand span of 11.25 inches.

Kawhi Leonard | Professional career

After his stellar career in high school and college, Kawhi was selected in the 2011 NBA draft as the 15th overall selection by the Indiana Pacers but was sent to the San Antonio Spurs in a trade that same night.

Following the NBA lockout conclusion, Kawhi signed a multi-year deal with the Spurs in the 2011 season. He made a good impression throughout his rookie season and was placed fourth in Rookie of the Year voting at season’s end.

Not only that but Kawhi was also named to the 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

In the 2013 season, of Kawhi’s performance in the series against Miami Heat, he was named NBA Finals MVP, becoming the third-youngest player to win the award. Likewise, he also got named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the first time in his career.

Further in his 2015 season, Kawhi won the Western Conference team’s starter for the 2016 All-Star Game.  Consequently, he also earned his first All-Star selection and became the sixth Spurs player in team history to get selected as an All-Star starter that season.

Kawhi posing with his awards
Kawhi Leonard is posing with his awards.

Moreover, Leonard resigned from the spurs for the 2016 season and showed outstanding performances in his game. Not to mention, on January 19, he was named a starter for the Western Conference All-Star team in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.

Subsequently, he was also selected to the All-NBA First Team for the second straight time and likewise earned All-Defensive First Team honors for the third successive season.

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During the 2017 season, Kawhi missed the first 27 games of the season due to his right quadriceps injury but later made his season debut on December 12 against the Dallas Mavericks.

After that, Kawhi requested a trade from the Spurs after months of tension over his injury rehabilitation program.

Following his request, Kawhi was traded to the Toronto Raptors. In his debut for the Toronto Raptors in their season opener, Kawhi won over the Cleveland Cavaliers and against Boston Celtics.

Likewise, just after playing for a few months, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Later, Kawhi ended his season with the Raptors, getting named the NBA Finals MVP for the second time. Likewise, he also became the third Finals MVP to have won the award.  

After that, Leonard signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Clipper on July 10, 2019. As expected, Kawhi made a win over the  Los Angeles LakersGolden State Warriors, and Minnesota Timberwolves in his first debut for the Clippers.

Kawhi playing for Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi while playing for Los Angeles Clippers.

Moreover, he was also named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games from January. In the 2020 season, he was named the NBA All-Star Game MVP.

Kawhi Leonard | Career stats

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Los Angeles Clippers
Toronto Raptors
San Antonio Spurs
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San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
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San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard | Net worth & Income 

The professional basketball player Kawhi has made a successful career out of his professional basketball career. Kawhi has been active as a professional ever since his draft in 2011. Thanks to that, Leonard has acquired a net worth of $35 million.

Additionally, Leonard is the 43rd highest-paid athlete in the world as of 2024 and the second-highest-paid Clippers player. Similarly, he is also ranked as the 14th highest-paid player in the NBA.

Moreover, when he joined the Spurs in the 2011-2012 season, he earned $1.7 million as an annual salary. And notably, his salary gradually increased from 2013 to 2015 season.

His annual salary increased to $1.8 million in 2013, to $1.9 million in 2014, and $3.05 million in 2015

In the 2016 season, Leonard signed a five-year contract worth $90 million, in which he received $16.4 million as an annual salary. Similarly, in the 2017 season, he earned $17.6 million and then $18.8 million in his last season with the Spurs.

Further, while playing with the Raptors, he received $23.22 million. After that, Leonard signed a three-year deal with the clippers worth $103 million in 2019.


Aside from Kawhi’s contracts and salaries, he has been benefited from long-standing endorsement deals with various brands adding a rising in his net worth.

Additionally, the professional basketball player signed a deal with New Balance in 2018. Likewise, from that deal, he will earn $5 million each season, making him a top-15 shoe endorsement deal earner in the league.

Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard signed an endorsement deal with New Balance.

Moreover, he also signed with the Nike subsidiary, Air Jordan, from which Kawhi receives $500,000 each season. Not to mention, Air Jordan also offered him a four-year deal worth $20 million, but Kawhi declined.

Later, in 2016, Leonard signed an endorsement deal with Wingstop. Likewise, he also got featured in commercials for brands such as Honey.

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What kind of car does kawhi Leonard drive?

According to sources, Kawhi drives the 1997 Chevy Tahoe, which he had owned during high school. For someone who’s achieved such incredible feats, that’s a total shock. But Kawhi doesn’t want to bring a lot of attention to himself and enjoys driving it. 

Kawhi Leonard | Personal life & Wife

We know that Kawhi Leonard is a successful NBA player and has been in this field since 2011. Just like his professional life, Kawhi is also successful when it comes to his love life. Additionally, Kawhi is in a loving relationship with his girlfriend, Kishele Shipley.

According to sources, Kawhi and Kishele met for the first time at San Diego State University. Likewise, they both attended the same Uni at the same time.

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Despite being in a relationship for so long, the couple has yet to tie the knot. Moreover, the two lovely duo shares two children at the moment. Kawhi and Kishele welcomed their first child, a daughter, in October 2016 and named her Kaliyah Leonard.

Leonards family
Leonard’s family.

Likewise, a few years after, the two welcomed their second child, this time, a son in their small family. Sadly, they have not mentioned anything about the son, like his name and birth date. It seems like the couple wants to keep media and the limelight far from their kids.

As of now, the small family of four is living a happy and comfortable life. Likewise, they have stayed far from rumors and allegations and have no plans to get divorced anytime soon.

Social Media Presence:

Instagram account: 128k followers

Twitter account: 444.7k followers

Some FAQs:

What is Kawhi Leonard’s position?

Kawhi Leonard plays for the Small forward and in the Shooting guard position as a professional basketball player.

Why did Kawhi Leonard leave the spurs, and where was he traded?

The San Antonio Spurs traded the professional basketball player Kawhi to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan due to a degradation in trust between Kawhi’s camp and the franchise. 

Why is Kawhi Leonard not playing, and when is he coming back?

Kawhi Leonard is not playing currently because of his leg injury, which happened on Feb 14, 2021. He was sidelined because of a contusion in his lower left leg. 

Likewise, Kawhi’s coach Tyronn Lue mentioned that the injury happened during the team’s recent trip, and he isn’t sure when Kawhi might return.

What happened to Kawhi Leonard’s father?

Kawhi Leonard’s father, Mark Leonard, was shot and killed by a sole gunman at the car wash he owned in Compton, California when Kawhi was just 16 years old.

Where does Kawhi Leonard rank in the NBA?

Kawhi Leonard is ranked 25th in the ESPN NBA All-time ranking list.

Who is Kawhi Leonard’s agent?

Mitch Frankel is the agent of Kawhi Leonard.

Where can I buy kawhi Leonard shoes?

You can buy Kawhi Leonard shoes on Amazon and New Balance.

How many years did Kawhi Leonard sign with the Clippers?

Kawhi Leonard signed a 4-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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