| Birthdate: 6/29/1991
| Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
| Team: San Antonio Spurs
| College: San Diego State
| NBA Experience: 1
| Owned/Started%: 84/53 | Average Draft Position: 120.86
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (knee) returned to the starting lineup for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Grizzlies. Leonard logged 30 minutes as he scored 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting from the field, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. He also chipped in with two rebounds, two steals, one assist and a blocked shot in a 105-83 victory.
Analysis: Leonard's knee problems were a "mild cause of concern" for the Spurs heading into the conference finals. Leonard averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game on the season, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field. His role will only continue to grow, so Fantasy owners have to like Leonard's development patter. He will be a big-time breakout candidate heading into next season, worth a mid-round pick on Draft Day.
News: The San Antonio Express-News reports that Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard's knee is a "storyline for the next round" after San Antonio beat Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. The Spurs will next face Memphis in the conference finals. The report says the knee is bothering him and "mild cause for concern."
Analysis: We expect Leonard to play against the Grizzlies in the next round, but keep an eye on what develops with his knee. When healthy and active, Leonard is a developing Fantasy option in the majority of leagues.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was back on the floor Wednesday in the team's finale against the Timberwolves, after missing the previous game with soreness in his left knee. Leonard did not play his usual role with the team locked into a playoff spot. Leonard played 26 minutes in the game, but did not have much of an impact. He scored just four points on 2 of 6 shooting, with three rebounds, one assist and two steals in a 108-95 loss.
Analysis: Leonard took a small step forward statistically from his rookie season, however that was largely the result of his minutes jumping from 24 to 31.3 per game. Leonard averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game on the season, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field. His role will only continue to grow, so Fantasy owners have to like Leonard's development patter. He will be a big-time breakout candidate heading into next season, worth a mid-round pick on Draft Day.
News: San Antonio small forward Kawhi Leonard missed Monday's game at Golden State due to a sore left knee, Yahoo! Sports reports. Coach Gregg Popovich appears to be resting the team's best players as Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are also sitting out with various injuries.
Analysis: With only one game remaining after Monday, Leonard may be done for the regular season for Popovich and the Spurs. The 21-year-old has been limited to 57 games due to bumps and bruises this season and the Spurs want to make sure he's completely healthy for the postseason. Leonard, who has played well of late, averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 3-pointers per game this season. He's been impressive and should only improve going forward. Leonard has solid value in all Fantasy formats.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard did not appear at all limited Thursday, after missing his previous two games with knee soreness. Leonard scored 24 points and snagged a career-high 14 rebounds in 42 minutes of action. He shot 9 of 18 from the field and 3 of 4 from three-point range. He added six assists and turned the ball over just twice, in a 100-88 loss.
Analysis: It looks like a few days of extra rest was exactly what Leonard needed, as the knee injury does not appear to be much of an issue. The Spurs might be willing to give Leonard some more time off down the stretch, but they have just six games remaining in the regular season. He has taken small steps forward in his second season in the league, improving his scoring to 11.7 points per game, with 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.7 steals. Leonard should continue to be considered a solid Fantasy option in most formats down the stretch.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was back in action Thursday against the Thunder, after missing the team's previous two games due to knee soreness.
Analysis: The Spurs are notorious for resting starters in meaningless late-season games, so we never really expected this to be a lingering problem. Leonard missed a chunk of games earlier in the season due to the knee, and the team is just trying to keep him fresh for the playoffs. When active, Leonard is a solid Fantasy option in most formats down the stretch.
News: The Spurs report Wednesday that guard Kawhi Leonard is out for Wednesday's game against Orlando with a knee injury. Leonard missed Monday's game at Memphis due to a sore knee as well.
Analysis: Fantasy owners in all leagues should keep Leonard reserved, and hopefully he can return for Thursday's game against Oklahoma City. When healthy and active, Leonard is a quality Fantasy option in the majority of leagues.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard missed Monday's game at Memphis due to a sore knee, reports NBA.com. Leonard played on Sunday against the Heat and is considered day to day. He scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in that game versus Miami.
Analysis: Leonard is averaging 13.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.4 3-pointers per game over his last five. The team has a back-to-back series coming up and coach Gregg Popovich just wants to rest his knee prior to it. He should be fine going forward and is a solid Fantasy option in most formats, when healthy.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was back in the lineup Thursday against he Mavericks, after missing the team's previous game with a sore knee. Leonard played 34 minutes in the game but struggled a bit to get going, shooting just 5 of 14 from the field. He finished the game with 12 points, his lowest total of the month of March so far. Leonard added six rebounds, three assists and a block to his line, in a 92-91 win.
Analysis: Leonard was held out mostly for precautionary reasons on the second night of a back to back, so it was no surprise to see him back on the floor. He has improved as the season has gone on, averaging 14.9 points per game in February and 14.5 so far in March. At this point, Leonard should continue to be considered a solid Fantasy option in all formats.
News: The San Antonio Express-News reports that Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will play Thursday night against Dallas after he sat out Tuesday's game in Minnesota with a sore left knee.
Analysis: It appears safe to get Leonard back in your lineup Thursday against the Mavericks. Prior to going down, Leonard was averaging 14.6 points per game over the last 10 games. He is a quality Fantasy option in the majority of leagues when healthy.
News: The Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was ruled out for Tuesdays game against the Timberwolves due to a sore left knee. Leonard, who is also dealing with a case of tendinitis in his left quadriceps, is being considered day to day.
Analysis: If this injury has been bothering Leonard recently, he has given little indication of that, averaging 14.6 points per game over the last 10. Leonard has dealt with this injury for most of the season, but it has not stopped him from taking the step forward we expected in his second year in the league. This is just being considered a rest opportunity by the team, so do not be too concerned about Leonard's status moving forward. He remains a solid Fantasy option in most formats.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard continued his recent scoring surge during Monday's contest against the Thunder. Leonard finished with 17 points in the 105-93 win on 8 of 17 shooting from the field. He went just 1 of 4 from behind the arc, but did add four rebounds, three steals and one assist to his stat line, while logging 35 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Leonard has been asked to pick up some of the scoring slack with Tony Parker sidelined and the 21-year-old has more than responded to the challenge. Leonard has now scored in double figures in each of his last 11 games and he is averaging 15.5 points on 48.8 percent shooting from the field over that span. He is also giving owners 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals during his scoring run, which helps out those playing in category-based formats. Leonard still also has a ton of upside and should remain active in the majority of formats, while he is playing so well.
News: San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard told the San Antonio Express-News Saturday that he expects to battle left quad tendinitis for the rest of the season. "I'm dealing with the pain," said Leonard, who was told by Spurs doctors that only a full summer of rest will heal the injury.
Analysis: Leonard is needed by the Spurs due to various other injuries and the team expects to lean on him in the playoffs as well. He's been playing through the pain, but may garner some days off before the end of the regular season. Leonard is averaging 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game over his last handful of contests and should remain active in most deeper Fantasy leagues.
News: After missing the previous contest due to a knee injury, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard returned Friday night against the Warriors. He scored 10 points and hauled in six rebounds in the 107-101 loss. He went 3 for 8 from the field, missing all three of his attempts from downtown, but converted all four of his free throws. Leonard also posted three steals and a block while playing 39 minutes in the defeat.
Analysis: Leonard averaged 15.8 points with 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and a block in the four games prior to Friday's contest on 53 percent shooting. He also shot nearly 42 percent from beyond the arc during that stretch so owners should not worry about his performance against the Warriors. The 21-year-old has yet to scratch the surface of his potential and remains a viable option in deeper Fantasy formats at this point.
News: The Spurs report Thursday that coach Gregg Popovich said at shootaround that guard Kawhi Leonard will miss Thursday's game at the Clippers with a knee injury. The report said Leonard is only expected to miss Thursday's game, which means he will be active Friday at Golden State. Leonard did play 31 minutes against Sacramento on Tuesday and finished with 15 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Analysis: Fantasy owners need to keep Leonard reserved in daily leagues Thursday and check on his status prior to Friday's game against the Warriors. When healthy and active, Leonard is a quality Fantasy option in all leagues.
News: With Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker all out for Monday's contest against the Bulls, Kawhi Leonard picked up the slack for the Spurs. He scored a career-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting in the 103-89 win. He went 1 for 3 from beyond the arc and made 3 of 6 free throws while playing 44 minutes. Leonard also chipped in with four rebounds and a steal in the victory.
Analysis: Leonard has been scoring more consistently for the Spurs of late and came through in a big way on Monday. He is averaging 16 points with 6.6 rebounds and two steals in the previous five contests on 52 percent shooting. The 21-year-old will likely see his scoring come back down once the big names return for San Antonio but in the meantime, Leonard should see more looks in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard turned in a decent performance but was held under 10 points scoring for the first time in February during Sunday's contest against the Nets. Leonard went 4 of 6 shooting from the field, including 1 of 3 from downtown as he finished with nine points and three rebounds in a 111-86 victory. He also chipped in with an assist and three steals while logging 26 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Leonard was held to single-digit scoring for the first time since Jan. 26 against the Suns as he has averaged 14.4 points and 6.8 rebounds over his last five games while shooting 52.9 percent from the field over that span. The 21-year-old continues to be a viable all-around contributor for the Spurs but his scoring can be inconsistent at times. Fantasy owners should view him as a decent option in deeper Fantasy formats heading into Week 16 (Feb. 11-17).
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard netted 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds during San Antonio's 96-86 victory over Washington on Saturday night. Leonard finished just 3 of 9 from the field (1 of 4 from long range) but still managed to collect his first double-double of the season. He also contributed a block and a steal in 33 minutes of playing time.
Analysis: Leonard has displayed no lingering effects of a knee issue he dealt with last month and logged at least 30 minutes in each of his past three games. His shooting performance has been a bit erratic in that span, however, he is still averaging 11.6 points -- more than two points greater than his season average. Fantasy owners should continue to keep Leonard in lineups in deeper formats at this point.
News: After missing the previous game due to a knee laceration, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard returned to action Friday against the Mavericks. He scored 10 points and hauled in eight rebounds in the 113-107 win. He went just 2 for 8 from the field but made 2 of 4 attempts from downtown and converted all four of his free throws. Leonard also posted four steals and two assists while playing 28 minutes in the victory.
Analysis: Leonard has scored in double figures in each of his three games since putting up a goose egg last Friday and should be fine going forward with this knee issue. The 21-year-old continues to be a viable all-around contributor for the Spurs but his scoring can be inconsistent at times. Keep an eye on his progress and continue to view Leonard as more of an option for deeper Fantasy formats at this point.
News: The San Antonio Express-News reported Friday that Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will play Friday against the Mavericks, after missing the teams previous game with a knee laceration. He was considered questionable for the game, but told reporters that he is ready to play.
Analysis: Leonard suffered the injury Monday, and will end up missing just one game as a result. This is good news, as a knee injury earlier in the season cost him extensive time. That was on his other leg, however, so it looks like there is nothing to worry about here. He remains a viable low-end Fantasy option in deeper formats, when healthy.
News: The San Antonio Express-News reports that Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard traveled with the team and is still listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Mavericks as he continues to deal with a knee injury. Leonard missed Wenesday's game against the Hornets with a left knee contusion. He is listed as day to day.
Analysis: Leonard suffered the injury Monday night at Philadelphia after cutting his knee open on the hardwood. It doesn't seem like his injury will keep him out for an extensive period and should be ready to go at some point during Week 14 (Jan. 28-Feb. 3), so we'll continue to keep an eye on his status moving forward. Leonard has scored in double figures in three of his last four games and five times in January. He is averaging 9.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season and should be viewed as a low-end Fantasy option in deeper formats, when healthy.
News: Spurts forward Kawhi Leonard was scratched from Wednesday's game vs. New Orleans because of a left knee contusion. He is day to day. Danny Green or Stephen Jackson will likely start in Leonard's absence.
Analysis: Leonard hurt his knee Monday against the 76ers, but he said after the game he wasn't expected to miss any time. Well, it seems the Spurs had other plans. This could be just a precautionary matter, so Leonard's absence might not be for very long. Leonard has scored in double figures in three of his last four games and five times in January. He is averaging 9.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season. Those numbers are decent but not great, so Leonard is mostly a low-end Fantasy option in deep formats when healthy.
News: After being held scoreless on Friday, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard scored in double digits for the second straight game Monday against the 76ers. He finished with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting in the 90-85 win. He went 2 for 5 from downtown and made 2 of 4 free throws. Leonard also posted seven rebounds and two steals while playing 35 minutes in the victory. Leonard said after the game that he suffered a cut on his kneecap but he is not expected to miss any time.
Analysis: Leonard has found his shooting stroke once again as he has gone 10 for 21 (47 percent) in the last two games. He is averaging 10.4 points with five rebounds and 1.4 steals in the previous five contests on nearly 53 percent shooting, including 47 percent from beyond the arc. The 21-year-old has all the makings of a solid Fantasy option but should be left for deeper formats until he proves to be more consistent.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard had another efficient night shooting the ball on Sunday against the Timberwolves. He scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting in the 106-88 win. He also went 1 for 2 from downtown while playing 30 minutes. Leonard posted four rebounds and a steal in the victory.
Analysis: Leonard is shooting 43 percent from beyond that arc and 53 percent overall in the last five games but is averaging just 7.6 points. He is also putting up 4.2 rebounds with 1.4 steals and an assist during that stretch. The 21-year-old has been able to increase his numbers all around from his productive rookie campaign and remains a viable option in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard scored 10 points over 31 minutes as a starter on Monday during a loss at New Orleans. Leonard was 4 for 6 from the field with two 3-pointers in the game. He added three rebounds, one assist, one steal and a blocked shot. Leonard also turned it over twice.
Analysis: Leonard was in double figures in scoring for the first time since December on Monday night. He's not been a consistent Fantasy option thus far outside the deepest of leagues. That said, we know he has more in store as he got off to a late jump on the season.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard had a tough time knocking down his shots from the perimeter during Thursday's contest against the Knicks. Leonard couldn't buy a bucket from the 3-point line as he finished with just seven points on 3 of 8 shooting form the field, including 1 of 5 from downtown in a 100-83 defeat. He added three rebounds and two assists while logging 30 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Leonard has struggled to get back in double figures since returning to the lineup after missing 18 games with tendinitis in his left knee. He may still be slowly working back into game shape, so Fantasy owners may have to be patient with the 21-year-old. He was averaging 10.6 points per game before getting hurt and has scored 7.8 points per night since returning to the lineup. Leonard has shown that he can take over at times and does a solid job of filling up the stat sheet, so consider him a decent option in deeper Fantasy formats for now.
News: After scoring in single digits each of the previous three games, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard got back on track Monday against the Nets. He finished with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the 104-73 win. He went 2 for 3 from beyond the arc while playing 23 minutes. Leonard also chipped in with three rebounds, two assists and a steal in the victory.
Analysis: Leonard is averaging 8.6 points with 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals in his last five games while shooting 53 percent over that span. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan continue to do the majority of the scoring for San Antonio but the 21-year-old can take over at times and does a solid job of filling up the stat sheet. Leonard appears to still be working his way back from the left quadriceps tendinitis that sidelined him but remains a viable option in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard returned to the starting lineup for the first time since coming back from his left quadriceps tendinitis on Sunday against the Mavericks. He scored 17 points and hauled in four rebounds in the 129-91 win. He went 6 for 11 from the field, including 3 for 7 from downtown, and converted both of his free throws. Leonard also chipped in with five steals and two assists while playing 26 minutes.
Analysis: Leonard came off the bench in his first game back but is expected to resume his role as starter in San Antonio. He has picked up his all-around production in his second season out of San Diego State and has a ton of upside in Fantasy at age 21. Owners that stashed him away while he was injured should feel free to get Leonard active in deeper Fantasy formats once again.
News: The Spurs planned to limit forward Kawhi Leonard to 20 minutes of playing time in his return from left quadriceps tendinitis Friday, and they did a pretty good job keeping to that goal. Leonard played exactly 20 minutes on the dot against the Hornets, scoring eight points on 3 of 7 shooting in a 99-94 win. He added two rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in his first action since Nov. 15. He came off the bench, but still got a decent amount of minutes in his first action.
Analysis: It might not be long before we see Leonard back in the starting lineup, likely in Gary Neals place. Leonard was averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game prior to the injury, and was emerging as a very strong option in Rotisserie formats. The Spurs might continue to ease him back, but once Leonard gets back to playing full-time minutes, he can be considered a viable Fantasy option in most formats.
News: Yahoo.com reported Thursday that the Spurs plan to activate forward Kawhi Leonard in time for Fridays game against the Hornets. Leonard has been out since Nov. 16 with tendinitis in his left knee, a diagnosis that originally carried a two-week timetable. He has missed 18 games as a result of this injury.
Analysis: Leonard was with the Austin Toros of the D-League for a few days on a medical rehab assignment, and it seems he is back to full health. They will likely bring him back slowly at first, after missing five weeks, but we expect him to be back to playing full time before long. Leonard was averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 three-pointers per game. If his return goes as planned, Leonard might be worth activating in most Fantasy formats for Week 9 (Dec. 24-30).
News: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Monday that forward Kawhi Leonard (knee) is unlikely to return to game action until he takes part in practice. Leonard has missed the past 17 games with left quadriceps tendinitis and was hoping to bounce back into the lineup this week. "Its always good to get somebody in a practice before they get back in there," Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News. "Its tough to say, 'Now go play the game.' With the schedule and being on the road, we havent been able to do that (practice)."
Analysis: The Spurs could squeeze in some practice sessions following Tuesday's game at Denver as they return home to play for four games over the next 10 days. "Well practice on Christmas," Popovich joked. "Thatll be popular." Leonard has responded nicely to an increase in playing time this season and is producing 10.6 points per game while shooting 49.3 percent from the field. He is expected to be inserted back into the starting lineup once he returns, and is viewed as a quality option in most Fantasy formats when healthy.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was ruled out of Saturday's contest against the Celtics as he continues to recover from quad tendinitis for the last month. Head coach Greg Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News that he expects Leonard to return to the lineup at some point next week. Id say hell be back in one or two more games, Popovich said.
Analysis: Leonard has missed the last 15 games and has not played since Nov. 15 against the Knicks. If Popovich's assessment is correct, then he could be back in action as early as Tuesday's game at Denver or Friday's contest at home against the Hornets, so we'll keep an eye on his progress moving forward. He was averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game before suffering the injury. Once Leonard returns, he is expected to return to the starting lineup at small forward with Danny Green likely moving back to shooting guard, leaving Gary Neal back on the bench. Though the Spurs play four times during Week 8 (Dec. 17-23), it might not be a bad idea to leave reserved until he proves to be healthy and productive. Consider him a solid option in most formats, when healthy.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was unable to return to the floor for Saturdays game against the Bobcats due to a knee injury, and he is not expected to return at any point during the Spurs current four-game road trip. That puts his earliest expected return date on Dec. 15 against the Celtics.
Analysis: Leonard has missed 12 games in a row with his knee injury, and it looks like that will reach at least 15 before his is able to return. He was averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game before suffering the injury. Fantasy owners will want to keep Leonard in reserves for Week 7 (Dec. 10-16), and hope he can return at the end of the week.
News: The Spurs expect forward Kawhi Leonard to miss at least the remainder of the teams current three-game home stand, as he continues to deal with a quad injury. Saturdays game against the Grizzlies was originally targeted for Leonards return, but the injury continues to bother him. His earliest likely return date now might be next Saturday, Dec. 8, in Charlotte.
Analysis: Leonard has missed nine games already, a total that will likely reach 11 if this current timeline holds true. He was averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game before the injury, so Fantasy owners should expect him to be a solid option in most formats, once he is healthy.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was ruled out of Saturday's contest against the Grizzlies as he continues to deal with a knee injury. Head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters Saturday that it is unlikely that Leonard will play during the team's three-game homestand. He has missed his last nine games.
Analysis: It seems as if Leonard will miss the next two games before he has any shot of returning at Charlotte Dec. 8. He is averaging 10.6 points with 5.4 rebounds and two steals in nine games this season so the Spurs would like to have him back sooner rather that later. The 21-year-old has picked up his scoring thus far and can fill up the stat sheet on a nightly basis so keep him stashed away in the majority of Fantasy formats heading into Week 6 (Dec. 3-9).
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard told the San Antonio Express-News Wednesday that he hopes to play Saturday against the Grizzlies. Leonard has missed the previous seven games due to a knee injury and is expected to miss Thursday's contest against the Heat as well.
Analysis: Leonard is averaging 10.6 points with 5.4 rebounds and two steals in nine games this season so the Spurs would like to have him back sooner rather that later. Keep an eye on his status going forward to see if he will be fine by the time Week 6 (Dec. 3-9) rolls around. The 21-year-old has picked up his scoring thus far and can fill up the stat sheet on a nightly basis so keep him stashed away in the majority of Fantasy formats.
News: San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard remains out with a knee injury and has no chance to return during the team's current road trip, reports the San Antonio Express-News Saturday. Leonard and the Spurs return home from the road on Saturday against Memphis on the first day of December.
Analysis: Leonard appears to be out until the beginning of December now and if he's seeing this long an absence perhaps it could end up being even longer. Leonard is averaging 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this year. He hits a 3-pointer per night and is an excellent source of steals. When healthy, Leonard has solid Fantasy appeal but he needs to be stashed for now and through the next scoring period.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard received some bad news Friday, as the team announced he has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his left knee. As a result, the second-year player will miss 10 days to two weeks, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Stephen Jackson will likely take Leonards place in the starting lineup while he is out.
Analysis: According to the report, Leonards likely first game back would be Dec. 1 vs. Memphis, assuming that timeline remains in place. This comes as a big surprise, as Leonard played 33 minutes Thursday, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds. It is not clear if he suffered the injury during the course of that game, but Fantasy owners will obviously want to avoid using him for the next few weeks. Fantasy owners will want to keep Leonard on the bench until at least Week 5 (Nov. 29-Dec. 4).
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard had a solid performance in the season opener but did not have similar success Thursday night against the Thunder. He scored just six points with four rebounds in the 86-84 win. He went 2 for 8 from the floor, including missing all three of his attempts from downtown, and converted both of his free throws. Leonard also posted five steals with an assist while playing 32 minutes.
Analysis: Leonard has five steals in each of his first two games this season but continues to be inconsistent with his scoring. After posting 19 points the night before, he did not shoot particularly well Thursday night and will drive owners crazy at times. However, the Spurs love his upside and believe the 21-year-old is the next star after Tim Duncan and Tony Parker hand over the reigns to the club. Leonard is worth starting in deeper Fantasy formats at this point but don't be surprised if he takes his game to the next level in 2012-13.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard saw his third-year option picked up Friday, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Leonard's role should increase this season.
Analysis: Leonard made 39 starts last season and averaged 8.6 points, almost a 3-pointer per game and 5.4 rebounds with 1.3 steals over 26 minutes a game. He can build off those numbers and is definitely worth having on deeper Fantasy rosters.
News: San Antonio rookie forward Kawhi Leonard continues to produce for the Spurs. He scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his 27 minutes of action on Friday night. Leonard shot 6 for 8 from the field, both his misses coming from long range. He also had one block and one steal in San Antonio's 104-87 win over Dallas.
Analysis: Leonard has been getting some starts for the Spurs and he's not disappointing. Over his last five games he's averaging 12.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per outing, while shooting 60.5 percent from the floor. Fantasy owners should continue to view Leonard as a low-end forward option the rest of the season.
News: It was likely a one-time thing, but Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was back in the starting lineup on Friday against the Thunder for the first time since the beginning of February. In 38 minutes, Leonard put up 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting while filling up the stat sheet nicely with five rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Analysis: The Spurs were short-handed on Friday, missing a few key reserves plus newly-acquired forward Stephen Jackson, who will likely take the starting spot Leonard occupied on Friday once he is with the team. Leonard has had a nice rookie season, however his role has fluctuated. He is averaging 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game over the last five games, as his role has gone back up, however he is still just a low-end Fantasy option in most formats.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard made his return on Friday against Charlotte from a calf injury after missing the teams previous two games. In 17 minutes, Leonard scored 10 points on the strength of 2 of 5 shooting and a 6 of 6 showing from the free-throw stripe. He also added five rebounds and three steals in the game.
Analysis: Leonard wasnt expected to play in the game until Friday, so its good to see him play well and not show any after effects from the injury. He continues to have a nice rookie season, though his role is going to be limited as the Spurs get healthy. At this point, he is just a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News Thursday that rookie forward Kawhi Leonard, who is dealing with a calf injury, is unlikely to play on Friday against the Bobcats. Leonard missed the teams last game against the Bulls with the injury.
Analysis: Leonard has been a nice surprise here in his rookie season for the Spurs, scoring 7.0 points with 4.9 rebounds per game while spending almost half of his games as a starter. Continue to monitor his status, as the injury does not appear to have long-term ramifications. He remains a decent low-end Fantasy option when healthy.
News: The San Antonio Express-News reports Tuesday that Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls due to his calf injury. Leonard's calf remains too tight for him to play against the Bulls.
Analysis: Leonard should be able to return shortly after missing Wednesday's game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds with five steals on Feb. 21 at Portland before suffering his injury. Leonard is a decent option for deeper Fantasy formats, when healthy.
News: The San Antonio Express-News reports that Spurs rookie forward Kawhi Leonard, who was a late scratch in the rising star's game at All-Star weekend after suffering a strained right calf in the game before the break, does not know if hell be able to play Wednesday against Chicago. Im still a little tight, Leonard said. I couldnt move out there. Im just going to see how time goes on, get some treatment over the next few days.
Analysis: Keep an eye on what happens with Leonard, and hopefully he can return against the Bulls. When healthy, Leonard is a low-end Fantasy guard in the majority of leagues.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard left Thursdays game against the Nuggets with a calf injury after just two minutes of playing time. He finished with just two points and a rebound, as the Spurs won 114-99 over the Nuggets.
Analysis: With the All-Star break looming at least the injury is coming at a time when Leonard can rest without missing any games. Not much is known about the injury at this point except that Leonard did not play in the second half. It shouldnt be serious, but well keep you updated on his status through the All-Star break. Leonard is having a nice rookie season, averaging 7.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and as a rookie he is a candidate to put up an even better second half; however Fantasy owners will want to wait and see before they consider him anything more than a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard got the start on Tuesday night for Tim Duncan and made the most of his opportunity. The rookie scored a career-high 24 points in his 43 minutes of action. He shot 9 for 14 form the field, going 2 for 4 from downtown, and converting 4 of his 6 foul shots. Leonard added a team-high 10 boards, giving him his third double-double of the season. He also chipped in five steals, a block and an assist, but the Spurs were outmatched by the Trail Blazers. Portland would win the game, 137-97.
Analysis: Leonard had been struggling recently whit his shot, going a combined 7 for 16 from the field in his previous four games. Leonard has been getting playing time for the Spurs, but it has been inconsistent. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end option in deeper formats at this time, despite his nice outing.
News: San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard had four points and eight rebounds during the Spurs' 106-102 win over Utah on Monday. Leonard connected on 1 of 3 attempts from the field and was 2 for 2 at the free-throw line as he posted four points for the second straight game. He also missed his lone 3-point attempt and is 0 for 5 from long range over his past three games. Leonard also added two steals while playing 29 minutes.
Analysis: Leonard's few shot attempts continued a glaring trend for the 20-year-old rookie. He has not attempted more than seven field goals in any game during February as his scoring average has slipped to 5.1 points per game this month. His playing time has been inconsistent, but Leonard was also averaging 7.3 shots a game in January compared to 4.0 this month. Consider him a low-end option only in deeper Fantasy formats for now.
News: Spurs F Kawhi Leonard was able to get his scoring back into double figures during Tuesday night's contest against the Pistons. Leonard finished with 11 points in the 99-95 victory, on 4 of 6 shooting from the field. He went 2 for 3 from downtown and also chipped in with four rebounds, two steals, one assist and a block, while logging 19 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Leonard was finally able to score some points on Tuesday night after failing to hit double figures in each of his previous three games. As expected, the rookie's production has been extremely inconsistent this season, although coach Greg Popovich's unconventional distribution of minutes has also contributed to that. Leonard is averaging 7.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists over his last five contests and is shooting 52 percent from the field over that stretch. While his ability to fill up a stat sheet makes his value a little higher in Rotisserie formats, owners should consider the 20-year-old merely a low-end option, who should only be starting in deeper formats.
News: Spurs rookie forward Kawhi Leonard stepped back in the starting lineup on Saturday night against the Thunder, and he didn't disappoint. After two underwhelming outings off the bench, Leonard scored 15 points in 31 minutes on the court. He shot 5 for 7 from the field, knocking down all three of his 3-pointers, and converting both his foul shots. Leonard added six boards and five assists in San Antonio's 107-96 victory. He also had a steal and a block for the Spurs.
Analysis: Leonard got the start so he could help cover Kevin Durant, who was held to 22 points. Leonard had a nice run to start the year, but has been coming off the bench most nights. For that reason his numbers haven't been very consistent. He's averaging just 7.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists over his last five games. While the rookie has plenty of potential, he's not worth starting in most formats just yet. Leonard will continue to have some growing pains adjusting to the NBA, but could prove to be valuable down the road.
News: San Antonio rookie SF Kawhi Leonard got the start on Monday in a win over the Grizzlies and recorded his first career double-double. Leonard went 6 for 11 from the field in the game to score 12 points, and added 10 boards. He had two steals, an assist and a blocked shot in the winning performance for the Spurs.
Analysis: Leonard almost lost his starting spot, but likely gained back the trust of his coach with his performance on Monday. His numbers remain too inconsistent for everyday Fantasy use, but Leonard has definite upside.
News: Spurs F Kawhi Leonard remains the teams starter in the continued absence of Manu Ginobili, and he continues to give them solid production, especially for a rookie. On Wednesday against the Hawks, he gave them just what was expected from him, with eight points and five rebounds, numbers that are right in line with his season averages. He also added an assist and two steals in the game.
Analysis: Leonard is averaging 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 24 minutes, and has started almost half of the teams games. His numbers are pretty much the same whether he starts or comes off the bench, so his value is likely to remain constant whenever Ginobili does return. Consider Leonard a decent low-end Fantasy option moving forward.
News: Spurs SF Kawhi Leonard has not exactly taken off in the absence of Manu Ginobili as some hoped he would. Still, the rookie out of San Diego State has scored in double digits in five straight games. Leonard put up 12 points against Phoenix on Sunday in his last game and is averaging 13.2 points per game over his last five. That is five points per game higher than his average on the year.
Analysis: Leonard scored 19 points at Milwaukee last Tuesday, but has dropped either 11, 12 or 13 points in each of the other games making up his last five. That comes with 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game over that stretch. As long as Leonard is getting over 30 minutes per game, he's a worthy Fantasy option in deeper formats.
News: The Spurs started rookie forward Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday night against the Rockets and the youngster didn't disappoint. He scored 11 points on a 5-for-12 shooting display and grabbed eight rebounds. He also blocked two shots in his 38 minutes of action. "Hes one of the guys who is making a good, honest, minute-to-minute effort to show he knows thats what we want," coach Gregg Popovich said. The Spurs would go on to beat the Rockets, 101-95, in overtime.
Analysis: Leonard scored a career-high 19 points off the bench on Tuesday, so the Spurs are definitely giving the rookie some run. With Manu Ginobili out for a while, Leonard could really take over for the Spurs as a big-time scoring option. Plus he's got the coach's attention because of his defensive effort, so that could keep him in the mix for a while in San Antonio. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor his performances and keep him scouting him as he could be a nice waiver-wire addition in deeper formats.
News: San Antonio SF Kawhi Leonard smashed his career high in scoring, set just one game prior, on Tuesday night in a loss at Milwaukee. Leonard came off the bench for 33 minutes on Tuesday night as he scored a career-high 19 points. He shot 9 for 12 from the field and added three rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. He also had four steals for the Spurs in the losing effort.
Analysis: The 20-year-old rookie out of San Diego State has seen 33.5 minutes per night in his last two games. He's gone 15 for 22 from the field over that stretch to average 16 points and 6.5 rebounds with two steals. With Manu Ginobili out for a while, Leonard could really take over for the Spurs as a big-time scoring option. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor his performances. If he keeps this up, he should start getting grabbed up off waivers in at least deeper formats.
News: Spurs F Kawhi Leonard saw big minutes on Sunday, playing 34 minutes in a 108-96 loss to the Thunder. He made the most of his playing time, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the loss, establishing career highs in both categories. The rookie hit six-of-10 shots from the field in establishing his career high.
Analysis: Leonard was expected to see playing time right away after the Spurs selected him with the No. 15 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, and he is averaging 19.1 minutes per game so far. He is an intriguing young forward who could emerge as a viable Fantasy option as he develops but should not be counted on as a starting option in any format right now.
News: San Antonio SF Kawhi Leonard played well over 17 minutes on Monday at Minnesota. Leonard shot 2 of 6 from the field to score six points with three rebounds, two steals and an assist. With Manu Ginobili sidelined for perhaps a month or more, Leonard could see a boost in Fantasy value.
Analysis: Leonard probably should start gaining on your Fantasy radar. That said, we wouldn't rush out and grab him just yet. Leonard is averaging 5.8 points, 5.4 boards and 1.2 steals per game over 18.2 minutes this season. More time could make him a worthwhile Fantasy option in deeper formats. Stay tuned to see if he starts getting more time consistently for the Spurs.
News: Spurs rookie F Kawhi Leonard, the No. 15 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, has been giving the Spurs productive minutes off the bench, including a seven-point, six-rebound effort in a 104-89 win over the Jazz on Saturday night. He shot three-of-five from the floor in the game and added a steal and a turnover.
Analysis: The Spurs are obviously very high on Leonard, playing him 18.5 minutes-per game and ahead of many more established options. He is rewarding them with 5.8 points and six rebounds per game, solid numbers in the early going for a rookie. Despite that, he is not receiving enough playing time to be on Fantasy owners radars yet. If an injury occurs ahead of him, he may be able to give you solid production, but for now, keep him on waivers.
News: Spurs F Kawhi Leonard made just one field goal in the preseason finale against Houston, but it was an important one, as his 20-footer went down with 5.3 seconds left to give the Spurs 97-95 victory. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was a fan, stating "I loved seeing that last shot go down so nobody would have overtime."
Analysis: Leonard has begun his NBA preseason career by shooting two of nine from the field in two games, but he has found other ways to contribute. The No. 15 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft may be able to find playing time as one of a the rare young sets of legs on a veteran team. This is something Fantasy owners should keep tabs on, but for now Leonard is not a player to be targeting on Draft Day in the majority of seasonal formats.
News: San Antonio rookie forward Kawhi Leonard didn't do much in the way of scoring on Saturday night in Houston, but he did contribute for the Spurs. Leonard, the No. 15 pick in the 2011 draft, grabbed six rebounds in his 23 minutes of action. He missed both his free throws and connected on just 1 of his 4 field-goal attempts. Leonard finished with two points, one steal and one block in the 101-87 loss.
Analysis: Leonard saw the most minutes off the bench for the Spurs and adds some youth to a veteran heavy team. Leonard has the potential to see plenty of playing time right away and could challenge Richard Jefferson for the starting spot at small forward. This is something Fantasy owners should keep tabs on, but for now Leonard is not a player to be targeting on Draft Day in the majority of seasonal formats.
News: The Spurs signed F Kawhi Leonard on Friday. He was acquired from the Pacers for George Hill after being taken No. 15 overall in the 2011 draft.
Analysis: Leonard has the potential to see plenty of playing time right away and could challenge Richard Jefferson for the starting spot at small forward. Since he will not be counted on for scoring, however, Leonard is not worth drafting in the majority of standard leagues, but he is worth a mid-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and rookie-only formats.
News: The Spurs were busy draft night as they picked up five players, including four picks, and traded away George Hill. They sent Hill to Indiana following days of speculation that San Antonio was considering dealing either Hill or starting point guard Tony Parker. Hill, a productive combo guard who filled in for Parker and Manu Ginobili over the last two seasons, fetched the drafts rights to No. 15 pick Kawhi Leonard, Davis Bertans (42nd pick) and 2005 second-rounder Erazem Lorbek from the Pacers. The Spurs also drafted Texas point guard Cory Joseph with the 29th overall pick and Hungarian swingman Adam Hanga at No. 59. The keys to the wheeling and dealing are Leonard and Joseph, along with keeping the Big Three of Tim Duncan, Ginobili and Parker intact. Hill had become a valuable member of the rotation, but the San Antonio front office felt Leonard was too good to pass up. The Spurs are hoping to regain the defensive swagger they've lost the last few seasons and believe Leonard and Joseph can help in that department. The 6-foot-7 forward out of San Diego State was compared favorably to former San Antonio favorite Bruce Bowen for his ability to defend multiple positions on the floor. Leonard was named second-team All-America last season after leading the Aztecs to a school-record 34 wins and Sweet 16 appearance. For the season he averaged 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds (ninth in the NCAA), 2.9 assists and 1.42 steals in 32.6 minutes. Leonard posted 23 double-doubles, which ranked fourth in the NCAA.
Analysis: Leonard has the potential to see plenty of playing time right away and could challenge Richard Jefferson for the starting spot at small forward. Still, as we've seen before, as long as Duncan, Parker and Ginobili are healthy, most other players in San Antonio aren't very Fantasy relevant. Leonard is not worth drafting in the majority of standard leagues, but he is worth a mid-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and rookie-only formats.