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Profile of NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard


(Reuters) - Profile of San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard who won the Bill Russell Award as the most valuable player in the 2014 NBA Finals.

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* Born in California on June 29, 1991 (age 22).

* Selected by the Indiana Pacers in the first round, 15th overall, in the 2011 NBA Draft but was soon traded to the San Antonio Spurs.

* In his first season, in 2011-12, he was named in the NBA's All-Rookie first team.

* The following year, he helped the Spurs win the Western Conference title and reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007 , which they lost to the Miami Heat in seven games.

* Described by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as a star in the making, Leonard averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds during the regular season before raising his game even higher in the postseason.

* In the Finals against Miami, he scored a career-high 29 points in Game Three and averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds for the five game series.

* Leonard became the second youngest player to win the NBA Finals MVP. The only person to win it at a younger age was Magic Johnson.

(Compiled by Julian Linden; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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