Kawhi Leonard isn't going to stop rising until he's on the top.
The San Antonio Spurs small forward broke out in a big way throughout the 2013 playoffs, emerging as a potential star when he went head-to-head with LeBron James in the NBA Finals, and now he's reaping the benefits, per Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:
Kawhi Leonard confirms he has signed a deal to join Brand Jordan family. It's an exclusive club.— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) November 3, 2013
In fact, the Brand Jordan family is such a special club that, according to Spurs Nation's Mike Monroe, Leonard and the new rookie members (Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter and Cody Zeller) are joining a group that features eight NBA All-Stars, led by Chris Paul.
Monroe also reveals another reason that this is such a special move for Leonard: He's an Air Jordan aficionado.
Not only has he been wearing the shoes ever since he left San Diego State and joined the ranks of the Association, but he also has a collection of the premier Nike sneakers in his closet. NiceKicks.com's George Kiel III also wrote that Leonard has spent the last two years trying "his best to coordinate some of the hottest sneakers with the Spurs' subtle color scheme."
Well, it should be even easier now.
Leonard is officially going to be a part of the Brand Jordan family, and that should give him even more options and reasons to feature some of the hottest kicks in town.
It's tough to look at the small forward's feet when he's flying through the air to throw home a monstrous dunk or huge defensive play, but you might have to do so throughout the foreseeable future.
Leonard wouldn't have it any other way.