The NBA 2016-17 season started with a bang especially for the San Antonio Spurs as they beat the Western Conference defending champion the Golden State Warriors with a big margin of 29 points.
The San Antonio Spurs now lives in the post-Tim Duncan era who was the face of the franchise for 19 years. Now a new but familiar face is taking over in the name of Kawhi Leonard.
The former San Diego State Aztecs forward will be the new Spurs leader this season and he proves that he’s capable by scoring a career-high of 35 points against the new and upgraded Warriors during the opening night.
1. Drafted by the Indiana Pacers
Kawhi Leonard was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 2011 NBA Draft. He was picked at number 15 in the first round and was traded on the same night for George Hill.
After the shortened 2011-12 NBA season got concluded, Leonard was fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team.