Kawhi Leonard was voted NBA Finals MVP, and joined an elite group in the process.
The Toronto Raptors superstar won the award for the second time in his career after his team beat the Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of The Finals on Thursday night, five years after he won it with the San Antonio Spurs. Thus, Leonard joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers) and LeBron James (Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers) as the only players to win the award with two different teams.
#NBAFinals MVPs with multiple franchises:
— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) June 14, 2019
Leonard, like James, won his second at Oracle Arena. Unlike James, Leonard was not a unanimous MVP.
NBA Finals MVP voting results. Kawhi was a Hubie Brown vote away from being unanimous. pic.twitter.com/A0sGNchSBg
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 14, 2019
Leonard averaged 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in six Finals games. He scored 22 points in the decisive Game 6, which might be the last game he plays in a Raptors uniform. The 27-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he has been heavily linked to joining the Los Angeles Clippers.
If Leonard leaves Toronto for LA, Warriors fans will get a regular reminder of his two trophies (at least) four times per year.