24-year old small forward Kawhi Leonard has been named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year for the 2015-16 season. It was the second year in a row that he won this award. He caught a lot of eyes with his defense on LeBron James in the 2013-14 NBA Finals, which was won by the Spurs in a very impressive five games! “The Claw” keeps getting better for the San Antonio Spurs. He played in 72 games (all starts) for the Spurs in 2015-16 and he averaged 33.1 minutes, 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocked shot per game. Leonard has now played in 324 games (297 starts) in his first five years for the Spurs and he is averaging 29.9 minutes, 14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocked shots per game. Leonard is a full fledged NBA star right now!
UPDATE: (5/25/2016) – Kawhi Leonard has been named to the All-Defense First Team.