Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green were members of the first championship season in the Toronto Raptors’ history. What are they up to now?
The Toronto Raptors, including Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green who formed the 2018/19 edition of the roster will live on in the memories of every Raptors’ fan for a long time. It’s time to take a look at what this pair of short-lived but successful Raptors’ alumni are doing today.
The pair of former San Antonio Spurs teammates played significant roles in last season’s championship success achieved for the first time by the 24-year-old Toronto Raptors team. It was an unexpected deal that rocked the basketball world and the Toronto fanbase in the 2018 off-season.
Raptors management, Masai Ujiri, and Bobby Webster signed off on a deal that sent DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a 2019 first-round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs for the then-injured Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.
It was assumed that if Leonard were healthy enough to play, having just missed 73 games in the 2017/18 season for San Antonio, the Toronto Raptors would be good even better than they had been. Nobody expected the trade to be a long term solution. It wasn’t but the results in the short term were golden as the Raptors won the 2019 NBA Championship.
Kawhi Leonard had an MVP type stat line that read 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. The production was only marred by the fact that Leonard did all of this in just 60 games missing 22 games due to load management to control the wear and tear on a knee and quad muscle that were the source of his troubles during the 2017/18 season in San Antonio.
When the 2019 playoffs arrived, Kawhi Leonard was named the 2019 NBA Finals MVP and was even better than his regular season in Toronto. Leonard averaged 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 24 playoff games and his 732 playoff points were the third-highest total in NBA playoff history.
As for Danny Green, he was automatically a starter in 2018/19 for the Toronto Raptors. While not as offensively gifted as Leonard, Green is a great shooter from long-range but also does many little things right on the court. While his 2018/19 scoring average was only 8.7 points a game, Green was shooting 84.1 percent from the free-throw line, 45.5 percent from three-point range, and 46.5 percent overall.
He scored in double-digits 7 times out of 24 games in Toronto’s championship run. He was also a reliable defender for head coach Nick Nurse.
The summer of 2019 saw both Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green decide to continue their basketball careers in Los Angeles, California with Leonard signing as a free agent with the LA Clippers and Green with the Los Angeles Lakers. Here’s a look at the fortunes of these two former Raptors:
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