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Kawhi Leonard
Ht/Wt: 6-7 / 225 lbs
Position: SF
Team: San Diego St.
Class: Sophomore

2011 Draft Profile - Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard has the length, tenacity, and energy of a top ten pick, to go along with being one of the top rebounders in the nation despite being a mere 6'7" freshman. Leonard has an inconsistent two-point jump shot and a very poor three-point jump shot, however, that are the only reasons he won't be drafted that high. If he projects to improve like most players do, he'll get drafted somewhere from 17-25, but if he is able to improve his jump shot a decent amount without sacrificing any other of his abilities, he could go late lottery with ease.
Player profile submitted by: Vince Gonzalez

Leonard has shown great potential to become a solid NBA perimeter player. He is only a sophomore and is still quite raw. His ability to rebound for his size is what sticks out the most in his game. At 6'7 he would be a 2 or 3 in the NBA, and the ability to grab ten rebounds a game is a great attribute to have. His ability to attack the boards on both ends allows him to get a lot of second chance points on the offensive glass. Coaches will love his ability to quickly get the ball in transition with his ability to grab rebounds and start fast breaks himself. He is also a solid ball handler in transition that can make plays for himself and his running mates. He's a strong finisher in the open floor as well. He possesses a good mid-range jump shot, but is inconsistent from the perimeter. He does show nice form on the jumper, so with extra work in the gym, he should be able to improve from the perimeter before he gets to the league. Defensively, he shows great promise at being an elite stopper. He uses his length and athleticism very well to create turnovers and quickly turns them into points in transition. One concern I do have is that Kawhi sometimes seems to disappear on the offensive end. He needs to make himself more assertive by demanding the ball from his teammates. I would compare his game to someone like Trevor Ariza.
Player profile submitted by: Mike Saxton of saxhoopstalk.wordpress.com

An intriguing, yet difficult prospect to project. Leonard is a great athlete and was a dominant force in the Mountain West conference and star player on a top 10 team all year. He is unique for a star player to being so committed on the defensive end. He shows great fundamentals and tenacity on the glass, at 6ft7 225lbs he was one of the nationís top rebounders 2 years in a row. Also, a very efficient offensive game from 15 ft in.

He has the size of a SF and game of a PF. It is very questionable due to his size whether his down low offensive game will translate in the NBA, he desperately needs to add some range and is at risk to being a liability on the offensive end.

I think Kawhi can be a lockdown defender and strong rebounder at SF and maybe some minutes at PF. The athleticism is there, but he needs to get more comfortable playing on the perimeter and will be best served adding a respectable outside shot to his game. I would draft him in the hopes of developing to a Shawn Marion type player.
Player profile submitted by: Tom Patterson

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