As the season progresses you are hearing more and more about one player, no not Steph Curry. You hear about him all of the time. We are talking about one that you hear about, but don’t hear much from. Many are talking about that individual as being the “best all-around” player in the league. We are talking about Spurs superstar, Kawahi Leonard.
Right now Leonard is averaging 21 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and if it wasn’t for a phenom named Steph, Leonard would be a likely candidate for league MVP. Lee Jenkins from Sports Illustrated knows that Leonard is amazing on the court, but in a recent piece he wanted to dig into the player off of it.
Two facts that Jenkins revealed is that Leonard still drives his precious, beat-up 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe and he makes sure that he takes advantage with his sponsorship from Wingstop with his free wing coupons. Here is a quick glimpse into the article:
A lot has changed for Leonard since that conversation with Pop—he was named Finals MVP in 2014, captured Defensive Player of the Year in ’15 and this season seized the unofficial title of best two-way player in the NBA—but a lot hasn’t. Leonard spends his summers in a two-bedroom apartment in San Diego, where he hangs a mini hoop over one door so he can play 21 against Castleberry. He carries a basketball in his backpack even when he isn’t going to the gym. He often drives a rehabbed ’97 Chevy Tahoe, nicknamed Gas Guzzler, which he drove across Southern California’s Inland Empire as a teenager. “It runs,” Leonard explains, “and it’s paid off.”
He is the only star still rocking cornrows, an outdated tribute to Carmelo Anthony, and he shrugs when friends claim he’d expand his endorsement portfolio if he shaved the braids. He is happy to sponsor Wingstop, which sends him coupons for free wings, so he can feed his Mango Habanero addiction. This winter, after his $94 million contract kicked in, he panicked when he lost his coupons. Wingstop generously replenished his supply.
Leonard just started making a huge amount of money and money changes most people. However, with Leonard, there’s just nothing there. He has such humble aspirations off the court, but such grand ones on it. Kawahi Leonard simply wants to be one of the best ever.