San Antonio Spurs: 5 Reasons Kawhi Leonard Can Win Rookie of the Year

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San Antonio Spurs: 5 Reasons Kawhi Leonard Can Win Rookie of the Year
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San Antonio Spurs rookie forward Kawhi Leonard was a star while he was in college at San Diego State, and he was a very popular prospect heading into the 2011 NBA Draft.

After all, that's part of the reason why the Spurs acquired him in a draft-day trade with the Indiana Pacers, sending guard George Hill for Leonard, the No. 42 pick Davis Bertans and the draft rights to 2005 draft selection Erazem Lorbek.

However, can Leonard's success as a collegiate athlete and prospect translate to the NBA level?

Well, that's a completely different story, but if I had to bet on it, I'd say yes.

Consequently, this article will serve to demonstrate why Leonard very well could end up winning the 2011-12 Rookie of the Year when it's all said and done.

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