Kawhi Leonard: Raptors Forward Named 2019 NBA Finals MVP
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard won the 2019 NBA Finals MVP Award on Thursday after leading his team to a 4-2 series victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
The Toronto Raptors star capped an historic postseason by reaching an historic achievement: the first player in history to win Finals MVP with a team from each conference. Leonard earned the honor following the Raptors’ 114-110 Game 6 victory to close out a 4-2 series win.
“This is what I play basketball for,” Leonard said. “This is what I work out for.”
Kawhi is the 2019 NBA Finals MVP. 🙌🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/vpaIHHH5VX
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) June 14, 2019
Leonard joins basketball greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history to win Finals MVP with two different franchises.
The Toronto Raptors Forward took down LeBron James and the dynastic Miami Heat as a member of the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, squashing Miami’s hopes of a third consecutive title, and has now halted Golden State’s quest to do the same.