Kawhi Leonard joins exclusive group of NBA players with All-Star nod

Leonard joins group with Michael Jordan, Olajuwon

(AP Photo/Darren Abate)
(AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard has joined in an exclusive group of NBA players after he was selected to participate in his first NBA All-Star Game.

Leonard is only the third player in NBA history to win an NBA Finals MVP award, an NBA Defensive Player of the Year award and to be named an NBA All-Star.

The only other players in this group are Hall-of-Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan.

Leonard is having a breakout season for the Spurs, averaging 20 points, seven rebounds and two steals per game.

Leonard is shooting 50 percent from the field and his player efficiency rating is one of the highest in the league this season for any position.

Leonard nudged past Golden State’s Draymond Green in fan voting to claim one of the starting spots on the Western Conference roster.

The 65th NBA All-Star Game will be held Feb. 14 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

This will be the first All-Star game held outside the U.S.

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