Kawhi Leonard Injury: Updates on Spurs Star's Quad and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is shown during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Miami. The Spurs defeated the Heat 119-101. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard suffered a quad contusion against the Miami Heat on March 23 and has not played since. However, he's ready to make his return to the court. 

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Leonard Active vs. Pelicans

Wednesday, March 30

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News reported Leonard will start Wednesday against New Orleans

Leonard Has Developed into MVP-Caliber Talent

Leonard's development in the NBA since his arrival in 2011 has been a beauty to behold. The former San Diego State Aztec has improved with each season, growing from more of a defensive specialist to an all-around superstar.

He's unlikely to win, but Leonard has put together a 2015-16 season at least worthy of MVP consideration. To date, he's averaging 20.8 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from three. 

In addition, the Spurs have a paltry 94.2 defensive rating per 100 possessions when Leonard is on the floor, per NBA.com. No one player is more important to San Antonio's title hopes than the 24-year-old small forward.